Lonely Planet Writer

There's a women-only slackline festival in the Czech Republic

If your balance is good, you’re female and you have a head for heights, the Girls Only Slackline Festival taking place in the Czech Republic in September just might appeal to you.

A women-only slackline festival will be held in the Czech Republic.
A women-only slackline festival will be held in the Czech Republic. Image by Girls Only Slackline Festival

Now in its eighth year, the event draws women from all around the world to highline and slackline together. It is run by Texan, Faith Dickey, who is a world record holder of many bold slackline feats. The festival aims to defy stereotypes and empower women and encourage them to feel confident with the sport.

A women-only slackline festival will be held in the Czech Republic.
A women-only slackline festival will be held in the Czech Republic. Image by Girls Only Slackline Festival

Some woman practise the extreme sport of highlining while wearing dresses and costumes, and in Faith’s case, she is known for walking in high heels. Women from at least eight countries will attend the event, and their skill level ranges from beginner to professional.

There will be highlines this year ranging from 12 to 56 metres long, as this is a beginner, intermediate and experienced highliner event. Ostrov is deemed to be the perfect place for the festival, as it has easy-to-access highlines, sandstone climbing and fantastic exposure over the forest,

A women-only slackline festival will be held in the Czech Republic.
A women-only slackline festival will be held in the Czech Republic. Image by Girls Only Slackline Festival

The Girls Only Slackline Festival will be held in Ostrov from 1 to 4 September. For further information, check out its Facebook page.