Scenes from the Melbourne Djembe Flash Mob

Melbourne Djembe

As you may know, I take classes in African drumming with drum and dance company called Melbourne Djembe. Yesterday, they held a flash mob outside the National Gallery of Victoria on St. Kilda Rd in the CBD.

In case you’re not familiar with the concept, a flash mob is when a group of people assemble suddenly in a public place and perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse. The most popular flash mobs are dances and, of course, they are planned and choreographed. They’re also over before you know it.

There were already a number of people lingering outside the NGV so it wasn’t hard to get a crowd of spectators. People quickly came closer and pulled out their smartphones to photograph and record the action. In the excitement, I lost of track of the number of drummers and dancers, but there were well over 50. And then it was over, just like that. It was great fun.


NGV security was not impressed when they first saw the drummers. They asked them to move off the property. The drummer stepped back onto the footpath.

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The drummers, just behind the NGV property line, get started.

Melbourne Djembe

The dancers get going on the NVG property. There’s no sign of security.

Melbourne Djembe

The crowd gathers as a few more people join the dance.

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More people jump in.

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The flash mob in full swing.

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More drummers.

You can see more photos on my Flickr.

Have you ever seen or participated in a flash mob?



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