It’s a well-made and enjoyable little film, and I’m posting it mainly because the first couple of minutes give a great sense of the atmosphere when everyone is out talking and drinking and playing in the streets. This was probably filmed between 12 and 3 in the afternoon, which is when everyone is out (before lunch starts at 3!).
You also get a good view of one of Bilbao’s great new buildings, the regional library, which I’ll say more about in a future post. And you get a glimpse of one of the best pintxo bars in town, El Globo, if you watch carefully!
You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utyhx5pn4b8
On December 1st 2012, Mikel Renteria walks through the streets of Bilbao, carrying his guitar, amplifier and a poster, looking like a street musician. Mikel is heading towards one of Bilbao's bustling pedestrian areas in the heart of town. He sets up his equipment and begins to play Today Is My Future, one of the songs he has recently composed as part of a new album scheduled to come out in December 2012.
In 2010, Mikel and his wife, Mentxu, created a non-profit (the Walk On Project, WOP) to support research aimed at finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases. Parents of 3 children, they were made brutally aware of such illnesses on October 13, 2008 when their apparently healthy 6-year-old son, Jon, was diagnosed with a fatal neurodegenerative disorder known as Leukodystrophy.
So on that first day of December 2012, few people knew what was about to happen, or that the event would become the largest and most complex flashmob produced to date. At first apparently all alone, to the surprise of passers-by, Mikel was steadily joined by more and more people: the WOP Band, a symphony orchestra from the nearby Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga Conservatory of Bilbao, a chorus formed for the occasion, and over 40 people who simultaneously began to dance a choreography created specifically for Mikel's song.
And here’s a video about the making of it: