A Flash Mob

My friend Karen Lewison recently sent me a fun flash mob video.

Normally, a flash mob is a group which appears in a public place, seemingly out of nowhere.  They participate in an activity which usually entertains, amazes, surprises, raises curiosity, or confuses the spectators.  A good flash mob does not block access, interrupt commerce, break laws, or make people angry.  The activity is usually short and intended to be fun for everyone.

May 2, 2011, the Copenhagen Philharmonic amazed commuters at the Copenhagen Central Train Station, performing Ravel’s Bolero.  It’s more elaborate than your average flash mob, because they needed to bring their instruments.  Watch the reaction of the spectators.  To me, it falls into the “random act of kindness” category.  They add a bright spot to the day of total strangers.  Typical of many flash mobs, the activity starts small, with one person and then builds.  When it’s over, the mob pretends nothing happened and quickly dissolves into the crowd.

Some flash mobs involve dance routines, but most of them have an activity which is simple compared to the Copenhagen event.  I’ve never organized a flash mob nor participated in one, but there are sites online which can give you ideas on making a flash mob happen.  It looks like it would be fun.