As many as 400 visitors will be walking a tightrope when they visit the Antalya region this weekend – quite literally.

The seventh Turkish Highwire Carnival takes place in the Geyikbayırı region 30kms from the Mediterranean resort from Saturday (March 2).

The event expects to attract so-called “slackliners” from all over the world – many of them taking to over 20 highwire lines in costume.

Highwire locations

Heights involved will vary from 15m to 100m with most of the highwire locations to be found around Josito Camp, which is a sponsor of the event.

Rock-climbers are also heading for the region to be part of the programme; there will also be taster sessions for those who are new to highwire activities as well as workshops in juggling and yoga.

A closing party on Saturday, March 9, will include displays of the trickline skills and fire dancing.

The event is expecting to welcome guests from 30 countries in 2019. It was founded by a group of friends in 2013 and has since become one of the best-known festivals of its kind in the world.

International meeting

Its importance to the slacklining community is underlined by the fact the programme also includes a meeting of the International Slackline Association. It will be held on the evening of Tuesday (March 5) at Rido Camp.

Formed last spring, the Turkish branch of the association also holds regular meetings in Istanbul’s Yoğurtçu Park in Kadıköy and Maçka’s Demokrasi Park.

More information is available online at www.slackline.org.tr or the Slackline Derneği, Slackline Istanbul and Slackline Turkey Facebook pages.

Source: https://www.dailysabah.com/expat-corner/2019/02/26/spirit-in-the-sky-turkish-highline-carnival

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