Art is how we decorate space,
music is how we decorate time.
~ Jean-Michel Basquiat ~
CYCLING & MUSIC
Cycling in Santiago de Chile –> in Patagonia –> and from Sao Paulo to the carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.
Join the adventure
The Cycling Carnaval is a cycling adventure that revolves around cycling and music. Basically to celebrate life, showing that people are awesome and what they are capable of. Also when they are different. You can be part of this journey whether it is for a day or for the whole trip. The music stops are sometimes organised but mostly spontanious. From bars to squares hidden in small villages and cities. It is here where we meet people, drink a little wine and make music. We let it happen. And yes, this trip ends at the biggest carnaval in the world!
ON THE ROAD
There are two parts that require a bus / flight. The stretch between Santiago and Pucon and from Santiago to Sao Paulo. People can join in anywhere and be part of it for as long as they want. So in its core the journey consists of 2 parts. The mind blowing Patagonia part and the gorgeous coastal stretch from Sao Paolo to the carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. An indication of the incredible route in Patagonia you’ll find here. The pictures below are taken in the same period (Jan / Feb) this year..
Also in this journey the Cycling for Stars message is to discover & connect. With people, nature, cultures and yourself. Cycling around the world has proven to be a strong connecting tool but music is even more universal. We decided to combine both.
This journey will raise money and awareness for 3 social projects in the countries we will cycle. It’s what Cycling for Stars has been doing for a couple of years now and it has proven to work. For the cyclist’s experience and for the social projects involved.
Wheel the World residing in starting point Santiago, organises travel experiences and stimulates exercise (through cycling) for people with a physical handicap. In short, it improves their personal development and it is a great opportunity to de-stigmatise people with a handicap. We will have an event in the weekend when the Cycling Carnaval takes off. The money we collect will be used to build special travel wheelchairs suitable for trekkings called the ‘Francesa Joelette’.
This art project aims to communicate through mural paintings. About the role that handicapped people and children from favela’s play or don’t play in society. The talented artist Nadia from Buenos Aires has herself a handicapped brother as she will make mural paintings in Santiago, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro. In addition she will give art-workshops.
Mais Caminhos is an educational project in Rio de Janeiro for underprivileged children and teenagers. In this project we will raise money to buy musical instruments for the children that live in the favela of Cantagalo Pavaozinho.
The ‘connecting cultures’ part is fundamental but aside from that all projects, including the Cycling Carnaval itself, focus on what is possible and not what is impossible. Whether it’s you, me, or handicapped people. Becoming better, and build from there.
Exercise, travel, art, and music all play a significant role in the stimulation of our brain and emotions. There’s tuns of evidence out there regarding cognitive growth that comes when you develop yourself in these areas. Look at it like a form of nourishing intelligence, stimulating creativity, and personal growth. Especially when you combine disciplines like music, cycling and the experience upload that comes with travel. To narrow it down, a tweetable Cycling for Stars message could be: “You might want to develop yourself in one of those areas. Do it for fun. You will make the connections later.”
Start of the Cycling Carnaval will be (probably) in the weekend of 10-12 January in Santiago. A bus to Pucon will take us to the starting point in Patagonia. Arrival Rio de Janeiro will be around the 21st of February. For those interested in cycling the total route, we estimate the total to be 1700 km in 5 / 6 weeks of cycling. If you want to join coming from your home town close by, then join. If you are coming from another place, or fly in, the easiest points to join are Santiago, Bariloche or Sao Paulo. To keep the quality of an ‘extraordinary experience’ the number of people to join in on the full 6-week journey is limited. A mini-van will support the trip for food, instruments and for some part also luggage. I personally have tour leading experience with groups around the world and so does one of the other accompanying cycling guides from The Netherlands.
There are different artists accompanying this musical adventure. They are from Chile, Argentina, Brazil and perhaps also from the Netherlands. The artists set the framework for the music, the repertoire, we wil play. They are the experts. Now if you yourself don’t play an instrument but want to join the ride? Then the biggest gift could be that you learn to play. However, it is not necessary to play an instrument if you want to join. We are cyclists thus open minded. And, if you do take an instrument with you, it’s up to you which one. Skip the piano though.
ColdSun Productions, documentary makers from the Netherlands would like to work on this project and make a film. They are already visualising us cycling the Patagonian landscapes, the tough moments, cultures and music experience. A film would be a tangible memory for those joining but it would also show the message to a much bigger crowd. In our crowdfunding we will try to collect money for this documentary.
FUNDING & COSTS
How to finance the Cycling Carnaval, the 3 projects, and the documentary?
- People who cycle along longer than a week have to pay a (sponsored) amount to join
- We will use a crowdfunding platform
- External sponsorships / involvement
There are costs involved for those cycling the larger parts of this journey. Not for people who cycle with us for a day. If you are in it for the long run, you will pay an amount for logistics, organisation and for the contribution for the projects.
It is possible to have yourself sponsored in this trip. For example the people who have cycled with me in earlier projects to raise money for a social project, they all had their journey sponsored per kilometer. So family, friends, work, local grocery, etc they would all sponsor for example 1 km, 5 km or maybe 50 or a 100 km. And every km on the road would have the equivalant of let’s say 5 euro. This is just an idea to get you started, there are more ways.
Costs for a total 5 / 6 week experience? This is work in progress, we’re calculating it.
Hungry for someting new, for value? Get in touch if you’re interested. We’ll have updates coming but if you have any real questions, drop us a line.