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Shoppers surprised by flashmob in city centre

PUBLISHED: 10:33 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 10:33 15 February 2019

Dancers gather outside the forum for Norwich Rising, which is part of the international campaign One Billion Rising. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

Dancers gather outside the forum for Norwich Rising, which is part of the international campaign One Billion Rising. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

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Shoppers in Norwich were surprised by a flashmob dance outside the Forum.

Dancers gather outside the forum for Norwich Rising, which is part of the international campaign One Billion Rising. Picture: Victoria PertusaDancers gather outside the forum for Norwich Rising, which is part of the international campaign One Billion Rising. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The mob is part of a group called Norwich Rising, which is part of the global One Million Rising campaign.

The campaign aims to raise awareness for victims who have suffered from harassment and violence, while also raising money for domestic abuse charity Leeway.

For the seventh year in a row the festival used dance, music and poetry to attract spectators around the city centre.

Norwich Rising was joined by Sewell Park Academy who showed its support for the movement.

Michelle Savage, Norwich Rising organiser, at the flash mob outside of the Forum. Picture: Victoria PertusaMichelle Savage, Norwich Rising organiser, at the flash mob outside of the Forum. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

The school’s talent show winner, Ellie Elvin, sang at the show.

The year eight pupil said: “This makes me happy as I want to raise awareness for violence against women and girls.

“If singing is my talent, I want to use it for something important like this.”

Organiser Michelle Savage was delighted with how the day went.

Dancers gather outside the forum for Norwich Rising, which is part of the international campaign One Billion Rising. Picture: Victoria PertusaDancers gather outside the forum for Norwich Rising, which is part of the international campaign One Billion Rising. Picture: Victoria Pertusa

She said: “It gave survivors of domestic abuse an opportunity to reclaim their bodies, to dance their hearts out in the heart of Norwich.”

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