Dispatch 5: Separate But Together — A Flash Mob Across Italian Balconies

Photo from La Stampa newspaper

From North to South, from Lombardy to Sicily, we got together yesterday at 6 pm and now today at 12; a national flash mob distributed across our balconies and at our windows up and down the peninsula. Here, we sang songs to combat fear and applauded the brave medical professionals of Italy. Church bells also rang, families beat pots and pans together, while others waved flags.

It’s going to be all right, is the attitude. We will make it.

Photo from La Repubblica newspaper

Listen to a Milanese musician play O Mia Bela Madunina on his trumpet yesterday–an ode to Milan’s golden Madonnina statue atop our cathedral.

The BBC reports on our Flash Mob and includes a clip of an opera singer in Turin treating her neighbors to an aria.

3 thoughts on “Dispatch 5: Separate But Together — A Flash Mob Across Italian Balconies

    1. That happened here two/three weeks ago. We’re looking down the barrel of a gun and now toilet paper isn’t so important anymore. (Plus, it’s also back on the shelves–which helps.)
      It’s a learning curve.

  1. Saw videos a couple weeks back of the balcony music concerts in Italy and it was a huge mood-uplifter. There was (and still is) a lot of chaos in the world but it’s nice to have a glimmer of hope (even if it is in the context of a distraction) during these times.

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