In Janurary 2014, the Carne Cruda 2.0, a program on the leading Cadena SER Spanish Network Radio station organised a flashmob of a small orchestra and singer to cheer people looking for work at an unemployment office in Madrid, Spain.
The Guardian newspaper notes: Currently Spain is enduring an unprecedented economic crisis caused by a property crash and public debt crisis. Unemployment, already at 26%, is expected to grow. Spain lost around 800,000 jobs last year and more than half of under-25s are unemployed. The Spanish government has resorted to severe budget cuts to reduce its deficit but austerity measures have also depressed the economy.
Oxfam says that previous crises in Latin America and Asia point to serious long-term damage if government austerity measures remain in place. “Poverty and social exclusion may increase drastically,” it says. “By 2022, some 18 million Spaniards, or 38% of the population, could be in poverty.”
Ode to Joy Orchestral Flashmob organised by Banco Sabadell on its 130th anniversary. The flashmob inclued 100 people from the Vallès Symphony Orchestra, the Lieder, Amics de l’Òpera and Coral Belles Arts choirs.