Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Look out for the Flamenco flashmob surprise!

SOME 50 dancers aged 18-75 are will surprise passers-by with a flamenco flashmob on 1 August as part of opening events for the 2013 Just Festival.

Taking place at 6pm on Thursday, at a mystery location in the city centre, the flashmob will feature solo performances by professional dancers as well as a powerful choreographed routine performed by the whole group.

The Just Festival - sponsored by a wide range of civic, educational faith and church groups - begins on 2 August and will feature 129 events and 450 performances across 28 venues in Scotland's capital.

The flashmob famenco dancers come from all over Edinburgh, following a call out from event partners Hispanic Arts Scotland and Just Festival to residents of Wester Hailes and Craigmillar.

The estates, where life has been tough in recent years, are taking part in a series of free classes ahead of the event, as well as classes hosted by the national dance agency Dance Base. For many participants this is their first opportunity to learn to dance and perform in public.

Flamenco is a beautiful, fun and fiery Spanish folk dance from the Romani, or Gypsy, community, but with roots in Indian culture and a spiritual side that makes it a fitting introduction to the programme for August's Just Festival.

The flashmob location for Thursday 1 August will be revealed on and @justFestival on Twitter an hour before the event takes place. 

Our picture shows some of the Craigmillar participants getting ready!

* Media info on flamenco flashmob, Just Festival performances, workshops, exhibitions, family and Persian Tent: Leila Frank, e:, t: 07552 717 827.

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