Singing and dancing its way into cinemas and venues across the UK, BFI Musicals! will celebrate the joyful, emotional, shared experience of watching film musicals; with the biggest stars, the most iconic scenes and the best-loved song and dance numbers back on the big screen, including re-releases of classic musicals including Singin’ in the Rain (1952). 

To mark this special occasion and get the whole of the UK tapping their feet and singing their hearts out, the BFI Film Audience Network  are organising flash mobs in three major UK cities. That’s where YOU come in! To make an impact we want as many people as possible to get involved, learn the dance and play a part in an all-singing-all-dancing national moment. 

Why get involved? 

Film musicals represent some of the best-loved cinematic treasures, standing the test of time and and seeping their way into national consciousness. Part of the fabric of childhood, musicals are loved by people of all ages, genders, heritages, and homelands. As such they offer a moment of unity and equality, camaraderie and downright fun! 

The Singin’ in the Rain flash mob is a chance to dance and sing alongside other people in your city - your neighbours, friends, co-workers, and complete strangers - and be a part of a collective and joyful experience in your hometown, and national moment in the UK.

How to get involved 

All you need to do to get involved is to learn the dance and turn up on the allocated date and time! Watch our instructional video below to learn the moves, then turn up to your closest flash mob. Keep an eye on your city’s Facebook event page for each city for updates. 

Instructional videos:

(1 video Entire routine all the way through - 2 videos Move by Move)

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Date: Sat 12 October 2019
Time: Arrival 12.45pm for 1pm dance
Where: The Fountains, City Centre, Bristol, BS1 4XG

Join the Bristol event Facebook page

Date: Sat 19 October 2019
Time: 2pm
Where: Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Canton, Cardiff, CF5 1QE

Join the Cardiff event Facebook page

Date: Sat 26 October 2019
Time: 1.30pm
Where: HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester, M15 4FN

Join the Manchester event Facebook page

PLEASE NOTE: These flash mobs are being filmed and the footage will be used as part of a national promotional campaign for BFI Musical season. By taking part you consent to being filmed. 

What do you need to bring? 

Nothing! Just yourself, your moves and a smile! While we’ll be providing some umbrellas, they will be limited so do bring your own black umbrella if you wish. 


In order to take part safely please watch this short video on umbrella etiquette:

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If the sun shines, happy days! If the rain pours, we’re singin, singin in the rain (and of course, the show will go on!)


Everyone is welcome to take part.
If you have limited mobility the dance instructor at the rehearsal in your city can suggest an alternative to certain moves, or an alternative way of taking part.


If you have any questions about how to get involved, please contact


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