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On a hilltop terrace with horses grazing nearby, Qadisha Valley resident Tony took his first tentative steps on a slackline, a rope put up by visitors to Lebanon who specialize in the unusual sport.Eight lines were put up across the valley late last week, ranging in length from 25 to 145 meters, and in height from 12 to 100 meters.The festival – attended by some 50 people from around 15 different countries – has been in the pipeline for a long time.With limited funding and just 180 kilograms of equipment, two of the main organizers, Sonya Iverson and Bradley Duling, came from the U.S. and have worked hard to make the festival happen with help from the local community.The program has consisted of more than the festival.Iverson and Duling were hoping that the festival could contribute to building bridge between cultures, as the experiences of the participants in Lebanon would be shared with people back home and that this would improve people's understanding of the region.As highline festivals typically take place in remote areas, the Lebanese version stands out as one in which the local community took part
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