100 years of Gran Vía, Madrid


One of the most important moments and perhaps the most popular during the Gran Vía Centenary celebrations, took place the night of May 15th, coinciding with San Isidro Festivities.

The biggest stage ever built up in a great city: Madrid’s Gran Vía in its whole extension, from Plaza de España up until the junction with Calle Alcalá.

1400 meters of magical night at Gran Vía, without cars, with locals and visitors alike, as the main characters of a once-in-a-lifetime night. A huge carpet celebrated the centenary of Gran Vía, painting the whole street from the junction with Alcalá until Plaza de España. This spectacular change in its appearance also modified the look of the thousands of citizens that covered it, due to the musical show, during the 5 hours that the evening of Saturday May 15th lasted.

To do so, we had a cultural common denominator: the sonorous and entertainment history of Gran Vía since its origin until our days. Genres as diverse as Zarzuela (with special attention to Federico Chueca’s homonymous play), Tango, Copla, Cuplé, Bolero, Movida, Musical Cinema or Musical Theatre. The night of May 15th 2010, Madrid had musical compositions for every liking, and both locals and visitors saw one of the main streets in an unusual and surprising way.

Yesterday, Gran Vía became the host and main character of its own centenary life musical. The street with most character of the capital closed to traffic in patron saint’s day to celebrate with Madrid citizens its construction anniversary. And as it couldn’t be other way, they didn’t fail her and she didn’t disappoint.

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