It is time to watch movies! There have been made two videos about CICLO 2014, and now they are finally ready. CICLO was visited by Lyngby Medieskole (Lyngby Media School) during the final event at DR Koncerthuset the 21st and 22nd of May, and the visit resulted in a fine little video. The video shows the great atmosphere during the event and shoes the participating childrens fantastic enthusiasm and drive. It was two great days, which were the culmination of some of the childrens local CICLO school projects. Furthermore CICLO was visited by video artist Malwa Grabowska, who has produced a more artistic version of the event.
As part of CICLO 2014’s artist exchange program, the young South African designer and design teacher Fabian Hartzenberg visited Denmark in week 20 and 21. Fabian works as Surface Design Teacher at Frank Joubert Art Centre, the South African CICLO partner. He is also a part of the Ibhabhathane project, where he teaches other teachers, and he has previously worked in the design industry and has experience in art and design education in both 2 – and 3D.
During his visit to Denmark Fabian has among other things shared his knowledge and creativity at Børnekulturhus Ama’r, a childrens culture center in Copenhagen. Here he worked creatively with the kids on creating original art and design projects and taught at design workshops.
Along with several of the other international CICLO artists, Fabian also took part in Spring Festival, a children’s culture festival in Copenhagen from May 14th – 19th, where he also taught at workshops. In collaboration with the Russian artists and the children participating in the festival, Fabian created the beautiful entrance portal for the big final CICLO event at DR Koncerthuset. The portal was made out of flags, little boxes, painted masks and puppets made of fabric and pipe cleansers.
At the final CICLO event in DR Koncerthuset the 21st and 22nd of May, Fabian also held design workshops, where he taught a number of Danish schoolchildren. Here the children designed and drew their own colorful cards of South Africa.
The musician Paulo Santos from the Group UAKTI arrived as one of the first foreign artists in Denmark, as he was supposed to begin his work already on the 14th of May together with Marcella Lucatelli and Marluze da Cruz in Ishøj Municipality. He was to be an integrated part of their final rehearsals for their performances at Arken in Ishøj and at the DR Concert House in Copenhagen.
Paulo Santos has studied history, music, clarinet and percussion. He has been with the group UAKTI since the beginning in 1978. The group is well-known and recognized all-around the world for their original instruments and sound. The name UAKTI comes from an Indian myth about a man whose body was perforated. Every time the wind blew, it created a very beautiful sound going through the holes. After their breakthrough, they more or less stopped using traditional instruments. Instead, they build their own instruments from natural materials and PVC.
After two successful days in Ishøj where Paulo Santos presented his instruments for the children, worked with improvisation and became a part of their final performance, they all had a blast of a local closing event at Arken. Proud children were able to show what they had been working on for the last two months. During the following weekend, Paulo Santos was a part of the Spring Festival at Amager where all foreign artists had the possibility of contributing with either a workshop or a performance. Paulo Santos played Saturday and Sunday with his brought-along self-build instruments.
Monday morning, all the foreign artists went to visit Peder Lykke Skolen, Amager. All the artists had a guided tour showing how a ‘school without doors’ work and to see the location for two joint concerts between Paulo Santos and Pops Mohamed (South Africa) the next day. After having arranged the sound technical details, the day ended with a final meeting at the Danish Cultural Institute preparing for the final event at the DR Concert House.
Tuesday started at Peder Lykke Skolen setting up for the two joint concerts. Both Paulo Santos and Pops Mohamed had brought their fascinating instruments and were excited to play with each other. In fact, they were so excited about each other’s instruments that they agreed to play a mashup bringing Brasilian and African traditional music together. This had an immense effect on the structure of the final shows at the DR Concert House the following two days. The two concerts at Peder Lykke Skolen were fantastic and inspiring. Paulo Santos’ self-build instruments intrigued all the children and they were all overexcited about his Brazilian music style and personality.
The final event in the DR Concert House took place during Wednesday and Thursday. After having done the sound checks in the morning, everything was ready for the children to arrive. Once again, Paulo Santos delivered a fantastic concert using his traditional Brazilian and self-build instruments. Especially, his self-build drum-like instrument, ‘The Trilobite’ excited all the children and his Brazilian rythms song caught them by surprise and quickly made the children follow his every move and sound. The concert ended with a new mashup between Pops and Paulo which involved every child in the music. On the second day of the event, Paulo Santos had the pleasure of playing while her Royal Highness Princess Marie arrived. He didn’t miss the chance to stop his music and bid her a warm welcome as suited for a real princess. According to Paulo, he had rehearsed these sentences all morning in front of the mirror. After this, he played a very energetic song on his ‘Trilobite’ which fascinated the princess as it had with the children. Afterwards, he met the princess, as she was presented to a video describing the CICLO work done in Rio de Janeiro. An experience he was very proud of.
Text by Martin Persson – The Danish Cultural Institute
In the last two weeks three Russian artists visited Denmark as part of the CICLO project. During their visit the three artist Nadia Meschankina-Awad, visual artist and educator at the Russian CICLO partner St. Petersburg city Palace of Youth Creativity (Anichkov Palace), Maria Schnyukova, actor and teacher in puppet theatre at St. Petersburg city Palace of Youth Creativity (Anichkov Palace), and Kirill Kuzmin, musician and conductor, have taught, performed and contributed to different CICLO projects across Denmark.
First of all the three artists visited the CICLO Schools in Vejle. Here they took part of the rehearsals for the schools final performance, and improvised with the children and their Danish CICLO artist Christian Schrøder and Pernille Bach. They also took part in the schools local final performance.
In Copenhagen the three Russians helped make the children’s cultural festival, Spring Festival, 14th – 19th may, a success. Kirill performed with the festivals storyteller, Nadia took part in artistic workshops where the children created artworks from trash and Maria showed the children how to make beautiful puppets. Along with the participating children and the South African artist Fabian Hartzenberg , they also created the beautiful and colorful entrance portal for the final CICLO event at DR Koncerthuset, from painted masks and puppets made of pipe cleansers and fabric.
Maria, Nadia and Kirill also visited the school Peder Lykke Skole in Copenhagen and the the cultural center for children, Børnekulturhus Ama’r, where they also teached in workshops.
The last part og their intinerary and the culmination of the visit was the big final CICLO eve3nt at DR Koncerthuset, where all the three artist participated. Nadia Meshankina-Awad taught a creative arts workshop for school classes where the children together created a tree by cutting, pasting, drawing, decorating and painting different things such as leaves, birds and butterflies, that all became part of the final artwork. Maria Schnyukova taught a puppet theatre workshop. Here the children got in touch with their creativity and were allowed to be physical. For the children had to do both acting excercises and create puppets out of fabrics and various props. Kirill performed on stage. He played songs and made a show with different sounds with the participating children.
In Cape Town they performed their final show called “Into the Sun” last week. The performance tells the story of two children that leave their home to find a solution to the problems of pollution and crime in their communities. The story weaves together different genre of traditional and contemporary music, poetry and movement. The students have been involved on every level in this performance from making instruments and composing music to writing the poetry. This piece was performed by the Grade 7 group of the Steenberg Primary School and singers from the Oaklands High Schools.
Teacher Nicolette Frank writes about the project and Steenberg performers:
“ Creative Arts had irreversibly infused them (the children) a sense of achievement and accomplishment!! That was the CICLO dream – for communities to reinvent their hoods. (Through this performance ) it had suddenly become tangible. It is my sincere hope that this initiative will be a catalyst for more permanent and meaningful change in South Africa…
The Grade 7’children have inspired me to continue my passion, which is to develop young minds, nourish souls and network globally for the benefit of the planet..”
People involved in making the show happen:
- The Pollution Song and Vuvukwaito – Steenberg Primary
- Musical arrangement by Pedro Espi-Sanchiz
- Led by musician and dancer Zama Qambi in the performance
- Trumpet – Khaya Mduzuwana
- Song for the Living – Oaklands Singers
- Musical Score and lyrics by Marc Hendricks
- Musical Arrangement and backing track by Amanda Tiffin
- Story and Direction by Liesl Hartman, Head: Frank Joubert Art Centre & Chair: Ibhabhathane
- Set Design by the students from the B.E.S.T. Centre (puppets) and Wynberg High School learners (boxes)
- Poetry by Nonthutuzelo Ncasa, Grade 9, Oaklands High School
- Technical Lighting and Sound – Wynberg High School
- Poster Design: Jeremiah Tshinyama Grade 11 Communication Design, Frank Joubert Art Centre
As the final week of CICLO took place during UNESCO’s Arts Education Week, the South African artist Pops Mohamed came to Copenhagen in order to participate together with the other CICLO artists from around the world. Pops Mohamed is one of South Africa’s most recognised multi-instrumentalists. Working as a musician, composer and producer, his aim is to protect and preserve African traditional instruments. He plays the Mbira, the Bushmen mouthbow, the Kalimba, the Kora (lute harp), the Uhadi (Xhosa bow), the Umrhube (played by the Xhosa women), the didgeridoo and a number of hand percussions.
Arriving early Monday morning, he gladly joined the other artists for a visit to Peder Lykke Skolen, Amager. All the artists had a guided tour showing how a ‘school without doors’ work and to see the location for two joint concerts between Pops Mohamed and Paulo Santos (Brazil) the next day. After having arranged the sound technical details, the day ended with a final meeting at the Danish Cultural Institute preparing for the final event at the DR Concert House.
Tuesday started at Peder Lykke Skolen setting up for the two joint concerts. Both Pops Mohamed and Paulo Santos had brought their fascinating instruments and were excited to play with each other. In fact, they were so excited about each other’s instruments that they agreed to play a mashup bringing African and Brazilian traditional music together. This had an immense effect on the structure of the final shows at the DR Concert House the following two days. The two concerts at Peder Lykke Skolen were fantastic and inspiring, as Pops Mohamed talked about joining forces for peace across the human race and told stories about how the Kalahari Bushmen treasured nature’s cycles by living in pact with the bees. All was accompanied by delightful music and all in the spirit of CICLO.
The final event in the DR Concert House took place during Wednesday and Thursday. After having done the sound checks in the morning, everything was ready for the children to arrive. Once again, Pops Mohamed delivered a fantastic concert using his traditional African instruments. Especially, his Kora excited all the children and his African song caught them by surprise. The concert ended with a new mashup between Pops and Paulo which involved every child in the music. On the second day of the event, Pops Mohamed had the pleasure of playing for her Royal Highness Princess Marie. He didn’t miss the chance to play his never-released song called ‘A Theme Song for Princess Marie’. The princess enjoyed the song written during Pops Mohamed’s last visit to Copenhagen and he was happy to finally be able to play it for her. Pops Mohamed had a wonderful time playing for the children. Children and their future is one of his major concerns and he enjoyed being able to inspire them, bring them together and show them his African roots.
Text by Martin Persson, The Danish Cultural Institute
Here’s a fun video from the CICLO event on 22 May where we had the pleasure of a visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, saying hello to the kids of Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and St. Petersburg. The kids and adults loved it.
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Process videos of the CICLO adventures in Cape Town, St. Petersburg and Rio de Janeiro:
The children of CICLO Denmark send their greetings to the CICLO children in Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and St. Petersburg: