The operator of Adelaide Metro train services, Keolis Downer, is partnering with two of the city’s iconic and major annual arts events – Adelaide Fringe, the biggest arts festival in the southern hemisphere and iconic dance and music event, WOMADelaide.
Keolis Downer is bringing artists direct to commuters, staging live performances during peak hour at Adelaide Railway Station, with sessions scheduled for Thursday 4 March and Thursday 18 March, from 4pm until 6pm.
As the Community Accessibility Partner for WOMADelaide, the company is also sponsoring the provision of elevated seating for people with a disability and providing extra tickets for their families so they can spend quality time together.
Managing Director of Keolis Downer Adelaide, Robert Tatton-Jones, said the company was thrilled to partner with Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide and support live artists who haven’t been able to perform on stage to an audience in nearly a year.
“These events are the heartbeat of Adelaide and we’re extremely proud to come onboard in 2021 and back both festivals at a time when it’s more important than ever to re-connect, re-engage and celebrate together as a community.”
The 2021 Fringe partnership provides direct financial support to hundreds of artists and dozens of local venues.
“We are proud to contribute to supporting local artists and bring performances to enhance our passengers’ experience. We hope to bring smiles on a few faces as people go to catch their train.
“Our company is driven by the principle of ‘thinking like a passenger’ and we aim to be the trusted partner of choice for Adelaide rail commuters – and like Adelaide Fringe and WOMADelaide, we strive to positively impact the lifestyles and livelihoods of South Australians – now and for years to come.
“Our focus at Keolis Downer Adelaide, is on building trust with our customers and the wider community and encouraging them to use Adelaide Metro train services.”
Top Fringe shows and artists to see at Adelaide Railway Station, include Five Foot Gaga: The Lady Gaga Experience, Award winning vibraphone virtuoso Nick Parnell, Adelaide Hills and triple j Unearthed artist Ollie English, Jason Chasland’s Leather Lungs and Ukulele Dream Girl.
The 2021 Adelaide Fringe will run until 21 March and WOMADelaide 5 March until 8 March. For more information contact adelaidefringe.com.au and womadelaide.com.au
About Keolis Downer
Keolis Downer is a leading operator of public transport services in Australia. With 5,900 employees and a presence in five states, Keolis Downer enables 350 million passenger journeys per year. We operate and maintain the largest tram network in the world in Melbourne (Yarra Trams), the light rail network on the Gold Coast (G:link), and 1,000 buses in NSW, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland. We also operate and maintain the Adelaide Metro train services.
Established in 2009, Keolis Downer is a joint venture between Keolis, a leading public transport operator established in 15 countries, and Downer, the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.
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