Flashmob project keeps on giving

At the end of New Zealand Music Month one Upper Clutha group was still putting smiles on people's faces with its community contribution.

For the second year running, LaLaLaInc, a group of around 15 people ranging from primary school pupils to adults, performed Ladi6's song If I Gave U Th' Mic in a flash mob style to unsuspecting people in central Wanaka who sat on a sofa placed by the group last month.

The performances were filmed and posted on social media, where they have had over 8000 views.

LaLaLaInc member and spokeswoman Liz Brezlin said the idea for the performances came from organiser Rebecca ''Bex'' Rowe, who had watched something similar in Germany online.

''Bex thought it was something that would work well here. It's not a thing that makes anyone money, it's just because the community is awesome and we wanted to do something awesome in it,'' Ms Brezlin said.

She said the video on social media had been well received.

''From comments people have made, it just makes people happy and makes them proud that this is their place and their people.''

LaLaLaInc received a $1000 grant from both the Upper Clutha Community Arts Council and Queenstown Lakes District Council for the project.

Arts council chairwoman Robyn van Reenan said they got behind the project because it ''was something different'' and ''a happy thing to do''.



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