Instead of long conferences and seminars, the Murmansk office of the Barents Secretariat decided to celebrate Barents cooperation in an amusing and funny way – by making a big flash mob.
- We wanted to invite everybody involved in the Barents cooperation to take part in the event, to have fun together and make it a bright day! – says Alexey Filin, the head of Murmansk office.
The participants were wearing different symbols and colors of the four Barents countries. Some had flags and the words “I love Barents” painted on their cheeks.
- All went well: we had Barents people, Barents music and even Barents windy weather. This is the way our cooperation is. Bright and colourful and with lots of people-to-people contact, says Maria Goman, Adviser in the Murmansk office of the Norwegian Barents Secretariat.
Enjoy the photos and video from the flash mob below!
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