March 2014

CICLO launches in Cape Town March 1.

CICLO arts education is launched March 1st in Cape Town. Cape Town is this years “World Capital of Design” and CICLO arts education will be launched at the Design Indaba Conference 2014, which is one of the main events at World Capital of Design this year.

The CICLO delegation in Cape Town is part of a Danish delegation consisting of The Danish Agency of Culture, the Danish Cultural Institute, the Danish Design Centre, the Danish Fashion Institute, INDEX: Design to Improve Life and CKU (Centre for Culture and Development). Under the umbrella “Designing Sustainable Growth” the delegation will jointly focus on sustainability as a value-creating tool for design, crafts and development. Frank Joubert Art Centre is an international partner in CICLO facilitating the South African part of the CICLO project and the planning of a visitor’s programme and workshops for the Danish CICLO representatives and artists visiting Cape Town.

The Design Indaba arranges a special “Educators Indaba” which will be led by a panel of leading Danish designers and educators who will present CICLO art education, which improves access to quality arts education and the cultural and social relevance of arts education and INDEX: Education initiatives. At the CICLO launch representatives from the South African and the Danish part of the CICLO project will be present: Frank Joubert Art Centre, Children’s Culture House Ama’r and The Danish Cultural Institute.

The session opens with a discussion of INDEX: Design to Improve Life Education. Eva Christine Hoffmann and Caroline Fehrn-Christensen will explore the fundamental principle behind Design to Improve Life Education – that understanding global challenges and learning how to develop environmentally, socially and financially sustainable solutions to these is both imperative to societies and a unique and meaningful learning resource. This is followed by a presentation of education ventures launched by Denmark in South Africa.

Design Education and Arts Education becomes the focal point of the second half of the session. Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Senior Advisor at the Danish Cultural Institute will examine how design education has evolved such that design thinking has become part of the new, broader Arts Education framework.  The Seminar will finish with a discourse regarding the major challenges remaining across educational systems and an introduction to the CICLO project “The beach is our Hood” by Danish CICLO representatives: product designer and leader of Children’s House Ama’r, Nild Regout and architect Julie Dufour Wiese. The programme will end with the official launch of the CICLO project in South Africa.


Please note that this is a free seminar for educators only. Please send an RSVP to if you wish to attend.


Read more about the Design Indaba here and find the official programme for the Educators Indaba here

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