The Regional Government of Madrid has organised a drawing contest for school children between 6 and 12 years of age to celebrate Metro’s Centenary
The Regional Government of Madrid has called for submissions to the drawing contest ‘¿Qué es Metro para ti?’ (‘What does Metro mean for you?’), aimed at children between 6 and 12 years of age studying at public, subsidised and private schools in the Autonomous Community of Madrid. This initiative is set in the framework of the activities organised by the Regional Government for celebrating Metro’s Centenary with the intention of discovering how children view the Madrid underground.
The drawings can be submitted starting on 15 January 2019, and the admission period will end on 1 March. The prizes to be distributed among the winners will include an Annual Season Ticket for the entire family and 50- and 100-journey Multi Cards. In addition, the winning schools will receive a selection of learning materials and will enjoy a guided visit to Metro facilities and the Chamberí Station museum.
A jury composed of representatives of Metro de Madrid, official organisations and the world of culture will evaluate the drawings submitted. The jury’s decision will be announced on 10 April, and the award ceremony will take place during the week of 22 April. Moreover, the drawings of the winners and runners-up will be on display in the Engine Shed museum at calle Cavanilles, 58.
This activity is yet another of the many which Metro de Madrid has launched to celebrate its Centenary, such as the classical train exhibition located in Chamartín Station, which was inaugurated by King Felipe VI on 17 October. The exhibition features the original trains that were used initially on the network, that is, the MR-6 and the MR-9. Nevertheless, eight more cars (currently under restoration), which began to operate later in 1924, 1927, 1942, 1955 and 1965, will arrive in the next few months. With this exhibition, Metro seeks to provide a detailed look at the evolution of its rolling stock and, consequently, of the history of Metro and of the Autonomous Community of Madrid.
The exhibition has been designed as a permanent display to enable all Metro passengers to enjoy these treasures of extraordinary historical value. The exhibition can be visited on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. There is no entrance fee; however, visitors will need to hold a transport ticket, since access to the exhibition is through the turnstiles.
The ‘Línea centenario’ (‘Centenary Line’) has also been inaugurated, with a permanent exhibition in the stations on the original route from Cuatro Caminos to Sol, on Line 1, which offers a journey through the history of Metro by means of oversized photos installed in ticket halls, on platforms and in corridors. A vinyl-wrapped train with the appearance of the original trains will run continuously on the line.
The month of November is full of initiatives connected with the Centenary, such as the launch of Metro’s new website, with a focus on offering public service and corporate information from a modern, visual, practical and accessible approach. In addition, a microsite has been created dedicated exclusively to the Centenary, showing the history and evolution of the underground through photographs, videos and unpublished material.
Also in November, Metro commenced its ‘100 días solidarios’ (‘100 Days of Solidarity’), an initiative which will enable the company to collaborate with a number of NGO’s and not-for-profit entities. The 100 Days of Solidarity began with the ‘Metreros Sin Piedad’ (‘Angry Metro Workers’) exhibition in the Engine Shed, a project in which Metro workers have become actively involved for raising awareness about gender violence in conjunction with Movimiento Sin Piedad (No Mercy Movement), following Metro’s earlier collaboration with this entity at the beginning of the year.
The month of December will usher in additional exhibitions, in this case at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport, where recent arrivals in Madrid will be able to learn about the present and the future of the underground through photographs.
During Christmas, Metro de Madrid has plans for a number of activities associated with the Centenary, such as the ‘Tren del centenario’ (Centenary train) or children’s workshops in Metro’s museums. At the beginning of 2019, the Metro de Madrid Engine Shed at the Pacífico complex will feature a photography exhibition in which Spanish culture and sport celebrities will promote the use of public transport. There will also be room for sports activities in these celebrations: on 3 February, Madrilenians are invited to participate in the ‘Carrera Centenario’ (‘Centenary Race’), a historic 5-kilometre route on the surface between Cuatro Caminos and Sol, following the same route inaugurated in 1919 of what was then called the North-South Line.