Urban Highline Festival
Urban Highline, established in 2009, was inspired by Yasha Mazur, the protagonist of the novel “The Magician of Lublin”. When it was first set up, no one expected that this small event would grow into a big international festival which annually brings to Lublin hundreds of participants from a dozen countries around the world. Over time, UHF has matured along with its founders, organizers, the guests who walk above Lublin’s streets, and the crowds who have grown accustomed to the aerial strollers. The number of participants has grown (around 300 people from 50 countries around the world), there have been special guests and new lines have been hung. The festival’s second edition was when one of the most famous “churchlines” of the world was hung for the first time – it was extended between the Trinity Tower and the tower of the Lublin Cathedral. This is the spot that all beginner slackliners want to try and the famous slackliners happily return here because this is where their adventure began.
Urban Highline Festival is celebrating its 10th birthday, thus becoming not just the largest, but also one of the oldest festivals of this kind in the world. Since the very beginning, the festival has raised many first-rate sportsmen and people who fell in love in Lublin and the magic of Carnaval that blends with the atmosphere of UHF, thus creating something they need.
Our guests this year:
- Friedi Kuhne (Germany) – world record holder in free solo (no leash)
- Pablo Signoret (France) – world record holder in highline walking (one mile long) and world record holder in walking blindfolded on a slackline.
- Can Sahin (Turkey) – an expert on the most difficult tricks on the longest lines
- Filip Oleksik (Poland) – the best Polish trickliner, a winner of many awards and a member of the legendary team Gibbon.
We can also expect to see three extra lines, workshops for the participants and lectures by special guests. As always, the Organizers have made sure that neither the visitors nor the event participants will be bored.
This year, the lines will be mounted following the rules and principles of ISA (International Slackline Association), whose representatives will appear at the festival and make sure that it is even safer. Supplementary training workshops for slackliners will include, among others: shaping up posture while on the lines, learning to climb up a lanyard, rolling over on a line after a fall, the basics of trickline and supporting disciplines, such as yoga for slackliners.