UNICEF launches first audio-visual studio for young people in Chernihiv

09 February 2024
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Ukraine’s first audio-visual studio for teenagers and youth, “Contenta”, has been opened by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Cultural Platform of Zakarpattia, giving children and young people the chance to record music and mix tracks.  By the end of 2024, there will be studios in 19 other communities across Ukraine. 

Contenta is an audio-visual studio suitable for individuals, groups, and lectures. Located at the Regional Youth Centre, young visitors can access the equipment for free, recording vocals and musical instruments and mixing them into their own music tracks. Crucially, amid an ongoing war, Kontenta helps youngsters to engage in creative activities that contribute to psycho-emotional stability, social cohesion, and improved mental health. 

Those who took part in the opening event attended a music workshop from composer Yevhen Filatov (The Maneken), enjoyed a performance by BRYKULETS, and recorded a podcast. Later, with the help of the studio, they also organized a musical evening.  

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"Chernihiv isn't a big city, and there aren't many opportunities here,” says Alina, one of the participants. ”This studio offers something new for our creative youth, allowing them to engage in music and create content. It's a place where you can come and try your hand at creating something. The more you experiment, the greater your chances of success. Now, you can fill your spare time with personal development, thanks to the access provided.” 

A new audio-visual project is helping young people engage in creative activities that boost their mental health and social skills.  

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"I'm inspired to create songs and record them,” says Daria, another of the participants. “I want to start working as soon as possible and try to record something of my own. Even if it's basic, it'll be mine, and I'll know that I can learn new skills and become a composer.” 

The project was developed by the Cultural Platform of Zakarpattia NGO and the FORMA architectural office, with the support of UNICEF in Ukraine. In 2024, plans are underway to open 19 other branches in youth centres across the country.  

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UNICEF Ukraine

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