Fonseca Flash Mobs Time Square To Promote Colombia (VIDEO)

WATCH: Colombians Take Over Time Square
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By Ikam Acosta

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Fonseca took Times Square by surprise this Thursday by performing for hundreds of visitors that walked the streets of New York City.

The Colombian artist gathered flash mob-style in the city鈥檚 most popular section to play for the public. Fonseca played several songs, and 50 dancers, dispersed among the crowd, made their way to the front of the stage and did their choreographed dance.

While all this was happening, images of Colombia were being shown on the big screens. Just before the event, Fonseca said, 鈥淓s una idea loca que se nos ocurri贸 y hemos podido llevarla a cabo. El prop贸sito es que la gente sepa lo que es realmente Colombia. [t's a crazy idea that came to us and we were able to make it happen. The purpose is to let people know what Colombia really is.]"

What celebrity would you love to see perform in an impromptu flash mob?

Before You Go

1
It's megadiverse
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Colombia is one the few "megadiverse" countries in the world. It manages to house 10 percent of the world's biodiversity. And it ranks first in bird and orchid species diversity, and second in plants, butterflies, freshwater fishes and amphibians.

To put all of this in perspective, 68.7% of Colombia's surface is covered by natural ecosystems.
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It's also racially diverse
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Colombia is profoundly racially diverse, too. As of 2005, 10.4 percent of the country's population was Afro-Colombian and 3.4 percent was Amerindian, according to the CIA's World Fact Book.

Many of the country's afro communities reside along Colombia's coasts, near port cities that use to be hubs for slave trading in the Americas.
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It has world-renowned emeralds
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Colombia is known for exporting many things, but did you know the South American country is responsible for 60 percent of the world鈥檚 emeralds? That鈥檚 right, it鈥檚 likely that the green gem in your jewelry box originated from the emerald deposits of Muzo. Known for its deep green color and brilliance, Colombia鈥檚 emeralds are some of the most sought-after in the world.
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It has (almost) every climate under the sun
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While many know the country as a tropical paradise thanks to its location near the Equator, its rich ecosystems are possible due to its varied climate zones (rainforest, savanna, steppe, desert, mountain climate, etc.). Colombia鈥檚 temperatures vary based on elevations and rainfall.The country's capital, Bogot谩, for example, is almost 9,000 feet above sea level and its average temperature is 57 掳F.
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It has the best coffee in the world
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Ahh yes, if there鈥檚 one thing Colombia has always been synonymous with, it鈥檚 delicious freshly ground coffee. The 鈥淓je Cafetero鈥 (Colombian Coffee-Growers Axis), also known as the 鈥淭ri谩ngulo del Caf茅鈥, located mainly within the Caldas, Risaralda, and Quind铆o departments is home to what many consider the best coffee in the world.

Fun Fact: The figure of Juan Valdez that represents the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia is not based off a real person. The fictional poncho-wearing character widely referenced abroad (remember that scene from 鈥淏ruce Almighty鈥?) is simply used to represent Colombian coffee farmers.
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It's home to the river that ran away from paradise
The world is full of amazing rivers and lakes, but how many are as colorful as Ca帽o Cristales? It's commonly referred to as "the river that ran away to paradise." Why? Because from September to November, the water level dips, and the moss on top of rocks begins to change and bloom in a variety of beautiful colors.
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Se habla espa帽ol...y muy bien
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While the Spanish language may have its roots in the motherland of Spain, Spanish is considered to be particularly well-spoken in Colombia.

In 2007, V铆ctor Garc铆a de la Concha, the director of la Real Academia de la Lengua Espa帽ol, the official royal institution overseeing the Spanish language praised the country's Spanish while speaking to Caracol Radio.
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It's growing as a fashion hub
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鈥淟a ciudad de la eterna primavera鈥 (the city of the eternal Spring) says plenty about the beauty of Colombia鈥檚 second biggest city, Medell铆n. Once known as the home of the ruthless drug lord Pablo Escobar, its thriving textile industry has helped shed its past reputation and replace it with a growing fashion industry. Medell铆n hosts two important annual fashion-related events: Colombia Moda and Colombiatex.
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It's a country that values rest
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Only bested by Argentina, Colombia has the second highest number of national holidays in the world. With 18 public holidays and an average of 15 paid vacation days, it鈥檚 clear that this South American country values rest. In comparison, according to ABC, the U.S. only has 10 public holidays.

Most Colombians take advantage of the long weekends, also known as 鈥減uentes festivos,鈥 to travel within the country with friends and family.
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It prioritizes a healthy lifestyle
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Since 1974, on Sundays and national holidays the country鈥檚 capital closes its usually congested main roads to give Bogot谩鈥檚 residents a chance to walk, run, bike, skate and skip with its ciclov铆a. In other words, from 7 AM to 2 PM Colombian families and tourists can use the over 75 miles of asphalt as their playground.
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It's filled with amazing food
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All that Aj铆aco, Sancocho, Bandeja Paisa, Mojarra might be the real reason Colombians need the ciclov铆as to exercise on the weekends. With delicious typical stews hailing from different corners of the country, Colombians hardly lack gastronomic splendor. For more delicious food reason, click here.
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It's home to salsa Cale帽a
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鈥溌iga, Mire, Vea....vengase a Cali para que vea!鈥

Colombia鈥檚 third most populous city, Cali, is sometimes called La Capital de la Salsa (World鈥檚 Salsa Capital). With significant differences from other styles of salsa, 鈥淪alsa Cale帽a鈥 is known for its quick footwork with a mostly still upperbody. But Colombians do more than dance Salsa, the country is most well known for both its Cumbia and Vallenato genres.
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It was Gabo's birthplace
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Nobel Laureate and novelist Gabriel Garc铆a M谩rquez was perhaps the most well-known figure in Colombian literature. Author of 鈥淥ne Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967) and "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985), his works have not only been critically acclaimed but have made 鈥淕abo鈥 an icon within the Magic Realism genre.
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It's where the legend of El Dorado originates
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If you鈥檝e ever heard of the Legend of El Dorado, then you know of Colombia鈥檚 pre-Columbine history. The original narrative told the story of the Muisca people who used gold not as a symbol of material wealth but as a sacred metal for religious offerings. The legend describes the famed El Dorado ceremony which welcomed the new cacique (chief). Covered in gold dust, the chief would travel atop a raft. Later he would dive into the lake with his offerings as bystanders cheered.

Bogot谩鈥檚 International Airport 鈥淓l Dorado鈥 was named after the ceremony, and gold artifacts, like the Muisca Raft, can be found in the capital city鈥檚 Museo del Oro (Gold Museum).
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La Selecci贸n Colombia is full of love and talent
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Colombians rarely miss a chance to socialize over a good soccer match thanks to their common love of f煤tbol. Whether it鈥檚 celebrating a La Selecci贸n Colombia win or coming together after a defeat, Colombian wear their yellow, blue, and red with pride.

James Rodriguez and los Cafeteros showed the world their growing power and dance moves at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Rodriguez took home the Golden Boot for most goals scored in the tournament and also won Best Goal of the Tournament.
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It's given the world beloved megastars
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Despite all of the country鈥檚 qualities perhaps what shines the brightest internationally are its stars. The country has produced everyone from the charitable Juanes and Shakira to the hilariously sexy Sof铆a Vergara. And don't forget about the musically talented Fonseca, Carlos Vives, J Balv铆n and Maluma. There's no shortage of stars in Colombia.
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It's made the art world fall in love with the chubby
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For all those chubby-loving art fiends, Colombian artist Fernando Botero鈥檚 work is nothing short of innovative. His figurative style 鈥淏oterismo鈥 is characterized by portraying subjects in exaggerated volumes. His works are known to depict chubby women, men, children, animals, and even still-life in daily life with a sense of humor. Botero has also taken classics, like Leonardo Da Vinci鈥檚 Mona Lisa, and given them his own unique touch.
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It has more festivals than you know what do with
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It's not enough to have astonishing biodiversity and ethnic diversity, you need to celebrate it. Colombia has the world's biggest theater festival (Festival Iberoamericano), salsa festival and flower parade. It also has the second biggest carnival in the world!
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It's made a hell of a comeback
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TIME magazine said it best when they featured the Colombian president on the cover of their international edition in April 2012, and praised the country as thus: "From nearly failed state to emerging global player -- in less than a decade."

Colombia's economy has been growing over the years and despite some setbacks, the country currently has one of Latin America's most stable economies.

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