Celio Turino was born in Indaiatuba, Brazil and raised in Campinas. He has worked in social and cultural movements for over 30 years such as the student movements at the end of the dictatorship, labor in the 80s, and was a founder of the first union of civil servants in Brazil in 1988. He has also participated in the movement against famine in
defense of the Amazon, Amnesty, Direct Elections Now, and many others.
Previously, Turino was the Municipal Secretary for Culture of Campinas from 1990-1992 and the Director of the Department of Recreation Programs in the Department of Sports from 2001-2004. During his tenure as Secretary of Culture in the Ministry of Culture of Brazil, between 2004 and 2010, Turino created the Cultura Viva, Ministry of Culture’s policy that marks a paradigm shift in the development of public policies for culture in Brazil. The Cultura Viva enabled the creation of more than 2,000 Culture Points scattered over a thousand municipalities in Brazil, benefiting more than 8 million people and creating over 30,000 jobs.