Wednesday 17 January 2018

Flashmob stuns shoppers to celebrate Europe Day

Edel O'Connell

SHOPPERS on a busy city street were entertained by a flashmob yesterday to celebrate Europe Day.

The flashmob, which saw a group of young and older people engage in a spot of apparently spontaneous dancing on Dublin's Grafton Street, surprised shoppers and passers by.

This year's Europe Day celebrates the concept of active aging and solidarity between generations by turning stereotypes on their heads.

Shoppers stopped to watch the group dancing together to music from a live swing band in front of Bewley's Cafe.

Barbara Nolan, head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland, said: "By challenging the stereotypes which lead to discrimination against older people, older people themselves are also challenged to redefine their own roles.

"The fact of the matter is that the older people in our society are a valuable but often untapped resource."

Celebrations went on with an event in EU House on Dawson Street attended by more than 20 voluntary and public bodies involved in Ireland's year of Active Aging.

Irish Independent

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