Who We Are and Our Mission
“Che Studio” is a group of people, united by the idea of creative space development of our city. We are working for a long time in the spheres of music, design, photography, fine art and mass-media. We work together, complementing each other, with love to Chernihiv and willing to make it creative and bright!
Our main scope of work – quality creative events. Moreover, these events can be very different both in scale and sphere. Festivals, concerts, parties, meetings, exhibitions, competitions and so on. Our goal is to make these events quality and modern. We are all tired of provincialism, mainstream and mass-culture. The world is too interesting, worth paying attention to it!
Over time, our projects have begun to provide some additional socially important content, touching ecological and environmental issues, gender equality, the adaptation of internally displaced persons and so on. We try to make our projects truly interesting and useful for people, filling them with not only creative and entertaining, but also important social aspects.
Almost all of our free projects are free of charge for the visitors. We organize them, involving financial assistance and donations both from ordinary people and from local businesses.
Our main mission is to fill the ancient Chernihiv with some fresh cultural content, create new projects, traditions and create the community of socially active and responsible citizens.
A bit of history
Back in 2008, a group of enthusiasts joined together for music contest “Sluhai CHE.”
In 2009, the contest took place for the second time, improved and modernized. The finale of the project was the gala concert of the winners, as well as production of licensed CD “Sluhai CHE! – Musical presentation of the city!” We succeeded to unite the best Chernihiv bands in one musical collection.
Over time we came to the consequence, that the city is in dire need of a structure that can get together advanced creative people, capable of organizing high-quality, modern, creative event without officialdom and pathos. We saw that in a lot of talented and interesting musicians, artists, photographers, which would do well to unite for some common projects. On the other hand, in Chernihiv was formed (perhaps, just a new generation is grown :)) a sufficient audience of people in dire need of interesting, creative, non-mainstream events.
In December 2010, the first Chernihiv Jazz Open was held, which from next year got itself the international status. Now it is held each year in September. Over the years, dozens of talented jazz musicians from many countries of Europe and the world took part in the fest. For us, this festival has become an important event and it proved, that in the usual Ukrainian provincial town, great high-quality music festivals can be held! It’s not easy, but possible. We believed in ourselves and moved on.
In 2011, we initiated and successfully produced the first summer multi-festival “Zelena Scena”, whichtook place during May-August period, each Friday at the heart of Chernihiv. This festival has also become an annual event and one that creates contemporary cultural city’s environment.
In 2013, we registered the “Che Studio” organization, legally formalizing our team.
Since 2014 we are producing winter folk festival “Koza.” Usually, it takes place the next weekend after Christmas. And since 2015, during the summer along with “Zelena Scena”, our team holds a new project “Litera” – literary open spaces where anyone can listen to the poetry or prose of modern Ukrainian writers.