Genfest 2012: Day 2 – Evening
21:00, the Chain Bridge. For about half an hour the 12,000 participants made their way to this locality. Then, it was dark and one could admire the beautiful effect of the lights on the waters of the River Danube. It was really a breathtaking sight, a well-deserved one after the seven kilometres walk along the streets of Budapest.
The march started from the Sports Arena and proceeded towards Great Heroes Square. A wide banner with the words “Let’s Bridge” could be seen at the front. The young people were waving the flags of their respective countries, just as they did when they were in the arena. A DUNA TV helicopter, flying over the crowd contributed towards the joyful celebration. After Heroes Square, the march recomposed itself again to resume its way to Andassy Avenue and then to Szechenyi Square. Chain Bridge , which is very near, had already been closed to traffic and it started to fill up.
Everything was ready for the flashmob. The scarf-shaped light piece of material that each one carried, had the logo of the Genfest and the “=” sign printed on it. As soon as the word “stop” was heard on the microphone, everyone stopped and put his/her arms up holding the scarf. There was absolute silence. A countdown of 30 seconds was started, until a voice was heard uttering the numbers “3, 2,1”. Then shouts of joy could be heard, and scarves were waved. Each participant wrote on his scarf the significance of the “=” sign for the logo “Let’s Bridge” and exchanged this with others. This symbolized the sharing of the same ideal, concretized in so many different ways.
It was 22.30; the crowd started to disperse. Someone was heard saying that this was the largest flashmob done so far on a bridge. The young people looked visibly proud about all that was happening, and also because their contribution was giving visibility to what they have proposed to do. I was particularly struck by an event that might go unnoticed. Two vehicles were expected to follow the march and pick up the garbage created by the 12,000 participants. These two vehicles were declared available for other needs: no waste was thrown on the ground.
Video on youtube: The Biggest Flashmob on a Bridge! (Genfest in Budapest)