About CICLO 2012

CICLO 2012 was a pilot project that took place from March to May that year as a part of UNESCO’s International Arts Education Week.

The project was initiated by Danish UNESCO National Commission and the idea behind CICLO was to upgrade the integration of the Arts in the way the children are taught in schools, in accordance with UNESCO’s ideas of Arts Education.

From CICLO 2012

Denmark has a long and rich tradition for working with children’s culture through art and creativity, but it needs to be improved in accordance to the needs and challenges of young people today, which is what the CICLO project is striving for.

Rio de Janeiro is known for being a world metropolis for culture. In 2009 the city of Rio de Janeiro launched Segundo Turno Cultural, through which thousands of students at the city schools gets access to Arts Education every year. The CICLO project was part of Segundo Turno Cultural in 2012.

By working together on the CICLO project, the Danish and Brazilian partners addressed the three UNESCO goals for Arts Education formulated in the Seoul Agenda.

» More information about UNESCO and its goals

Behind CICLO 2012 were: The UNESCO National commission, The Danish Cultural Institute, Live Music in the Schools, The Danish Broadcasting Cooperation, The Southern Denmark Music Conservatorium and Acting School, and a line of other local partners.



CICLO’s project process in 2012

Nine schools and classes participated in CICLO from four different municipalities in Denmark: Aarhus, Elsinore, Morsø and Guldborgsund. Nine schools also participated in CICLO in Rio de Janeiro.

All of the schools were part of the ‘Schools of tomorrow’ programme supported by UNESCO and part of the ‘Segundo Turno Cultural’ programme of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro.

The schools classes were paired up two and two between Denmark and Brazil and in the beginning of April the Danish and Brazilian schools presented themselves for each other with videos and photo materials on the CICLO website, which functioned as a collaboration platform.

From mid-April to mid-May the school children and teachers creatively explored their own environment and thoughts on the future creatively through art and music. During the project the children practiced and played concerts with professional musicians and learned about the culture of their “friendship” school classes.

First UNESCO Arts Education Week
At the end of May the first UNESCO Arts Education Week was held. It was the culmination of CICLO 2012.

In Denmark the children played music and held concerts with the world famous Brazilian musician Carlos Malta. The music was composed by the kids themselves under the headline Sustainability and was founded in the kids’ relationship to the city and the nature around them, and their wishes for the future.

In Rio de Janeiro Danish musician Peter Rønn played a big concert with kids from 10 different schools. The 10 schools were all part of the so called ‘Schools of Tomorrow’ – an initiative for schools, offering lessons in artistic and creative subjects:

Videoclip from Brazil – CICLO 2012