Pop music closes off the ‘Metro Vibra’ cycle after six months of performances in stations
On Monday, 5 August, the Madrid underground culminates its live music cycle entitled ‘Metro Vibra’, with a performance by the artist Dear Leo. This is the final show in a series of concerts of different musical styles, performed in seven different stations since the month of February. This initiative is framed within the activities that Metro de Madrid has set in motion to commemorate its Centenary.
The performance by this artist from Madrid will be held twice in Nuevos Ministerios station; once at 11 midday and the other at 19h. Within the framework of ‘Metro Vibra’, passengers on the underground system have been able to enjoy performance at different stations over recent months by the flamenco group Duo Sonata, the soprano Estíbaliz Martyn, the rock band, Psychedelic Lemon, the violoncello and guitar of Marisa Gómez and the cellist and composer, Gaspar Cassadó, the Madrid duo Damy Soul, and the Latin sounds and rumba of Lex.
This initiative is just one of more than 50 activities organised to date in which Metro has sought to involve all the people of Madrid and ensure that they actively participate in its celebrations. Over the coming months, the company will continue to celebrate its 100 years of history with new exhibitions and events, such as the forum of Centenary companies, which will gather together different companies that are more than 100 years old to share their experiences and development over the course of time.
10 MONTHS OF CELEBRATIONS
The Centenary celebrations kicked off on 17 October 2018 with the inauguration by King Felipe VI of the classic train exhibition in Chamartín station. Over the course of the last few months, more than 28,000 people have had the chance to discover some of the most emblematic models that have travelled the Madrid underground; a total of 12 carriages that offer a trip through the main milestones of the company in terms of rolling stock, from its origins until the 1960s.
This extraordinary display of restored railway jewels is complemented by a collection of 100 typical objects found in the underground, from elements found in stations and trains to staff uniforms.
Other displays have been opened over the course of recent months, such as the ‘Centenary Line’, a permanent display at the stations on the original line from Cuatro Caminos to Sol (line 1), which offers a trip through the history of Metro with huge photos displayed in entrance halls, on platforms and in passages. In addition, a vinyl-clad train like the original carriages travels constantly on this line.
In addition, the platforms and entrance hall of Airport T1-T2-T3 station also hosted a photo display of 35 photos of large dimensions, complemented by another in Terminal 2 at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, that contained 20 historical images (two per decade).
Chamartín station also hosted the exhibition entitled ‘Underground Portraits’, a series of photos of well-known personalities from the worlds of culture, literature and sport, such as Fernando León de Aranoa, Joaquín Sabina and the footballer Koke, who pay their own tribute to Metro de Madrid in the year in which it celebrates its Centenary.
METRO WITH THE THEATRE
Metro’s commitment to the world of culture has been constant throughout tits Centenary celebrations. Accordingly, the Madrid underground and the International Almagro Classical Theatre Festival Foundation teamed up in the first half of 2019. As well as the Internet broadcast of three videos shot in underground stations on the occasion of the celebration of Poetry Day on 21 March, the month of May saw an event to present the Almagro Off alternative events (focused on new directors) and Children’s Barroque (aimed at families), with the classic train exhibition in Chamartín underground station as the backdrop.
In addition, the sixth edition of ‘CronoTeatro’ – the short play event – was held in the Madrid underground in April, with the Centenary of Metro as the main subject.
The theming of several stations is another of the actions that the Madrid underground has carried out over these recent months of celebrations. Plaza de España underground station has been decorated with the complete text of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, while La Latina underground station has been themed with historical and contemporary photos of El Rastro – the emblematic open air market that has been held in the capital on Sundays since 1740. Furthermore, the platforms and passageways of Rubén Darío station, on line 5, commemorate the Centenary of the birth of Antonio Mingote, with large-scale pictures of a series of his illustrations and cartoons. In turn, Portazgo station is decorated with themes relating to Rayo Vallecano football club and the San Silvestre road race.
As well as cultural initiatives, Metro has also taken the world of sport into account in its Centenary celebrations. In fact, in February, an historic race was held with the participation of more than 2,000 runners. The route spanned a total of 5 kilometres at street level over the original stretch of the first Metro line when inaugurated back in 1919.
One of Metro’s intentions in celebrating its Centenary is to involve all the people of Madrid, including children. To achieve that, it held a children’s drawing competition under the theme 'What is Metro to you?’. More than 200 public and private schools in the region, with children aged from 6 to 12, portrayed their vision of the Madrid underground. Subsequently, a display was organised of the work of the finalists and the winners in the old entrance hall of Pacífico station.
‘100 days of solidarity’ is the campaign through which the company is mobilising users and employers, which brings them together to actively support different social causes. Events kicked off in November 2018, coinciding with the celebrations of the Centenary of Metro, and has led to projects being implemented by a wide range of institutions that represent different social causes, including social inclusion and respect for diversity; health and support for vulnerable groups or those at risk of social exclusion, such as children, persons with disability, the elderly, women and young people. In fact, in less than eight months, the challenge of ‘100 days of solidarity’ has already been exceeded, and the company has now given over almost 150 days to carrying out actions of a social nature.
Metro de Madrid, as part of its commitment to protecting the environment, has also organised such activities as the planting of 100 new trees at Metro facilities with the aim of maintaining controlled vegetation and helping maintain the balance in levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and atmospheric humidity, while also improving air quality, thanks to the maintenance of garden and wooded areas at company sites.