Resilient Italians Are Singing From Their Balconies During Coronavirus Lockdown

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, more and more countries are asking their populations to make sacrifices. In Italy, which currently has the most cases of COVID-19 outside of China, this means placing the entire nation on lockdown. Italians are being asked to stay indoors and only leave the house for essential errands like purchasing groceries and medical necessities. While this might be particularly difficult for a nation known for their convivial nature, this typically social country is making the best of things even while in isolation.

Fairly quickly after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced restrictions on travel and the closure of most commercial entities, something special started happening. Italians, used to dining with extended family and meeting friends out for a drink, started finding ways to stay connected. Calls for flash mobs began circulating online, only this time it didn't mean gathering out in the street. Instead, these quarantine flash mobs involve entire neighborhoods and villages taking to their balconies at the same time and singing together.

From traditional Italian music to international pop hits, Italians have been using music to build solidarity and stave off loneliness. These moving displays have now been shared around the world and have taken on even more importance as countries like France, Spain, and the United States begin their own restrictions. In their own, unique way, Italians are showing the world that we are together and connected, now more than ever, in this time of crisis.

Italians are making the best of the coronavirus quarantine by singing from their balconies.

Entire communities are coming together in solidarity by singing both traditional Italian and international pop songs.

h/t: [Laughing Squid]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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