Flashmobs bring women together against violence
GROUPS from Bristol and South Gloucestershire took part in a mass "flashmob" event in support of a global campaign to end violence towards women and children.
The international collective was set up by American playwright and feminist Eve Ensler, who wrote The Vagina Monologues, and urges the women of the world, and the men who love them, to "strike, rise up and dance".
The event, called One Billion Rising, coincided with Valentine's Day and was a call for people to "dance in solidarity".
Staff from South Gloucestershire Council joined members of the community for a flashmob performance at Yate Shopping Centre.
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The spontaneous dance was performed by council workers, members of the charity Survive and anyone at the shopping centre who wanted to join in.
A music track called Break the Chain was specially written for the event.
A group from Bristol also organised a series of events throughout the city centre yesterday. Members wore red and black and danced to Zumba choreography.
They met in Castle Park and danced there, in Broadmead, by the fountains in St Augustine's Parade and at Millennium Square. They also held a one minute's silence and lit tea lights in a V-shape.