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Stories from the Chinese Zodiac I Paint your calendar

  • Expocafe' Zamen Zamenhofstraat 150, 1022 AG Amsterdam The Netherlands (map)

There are many different kinds of calendars being actively used around the world and are basically of three types – solar, lunar and lunisolar/solilunar calendars.

The Chinese calendar is an example of a solilunar calendar with 12-year cycles, each related and named after a specific animal. The Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.

Do you want to hear the story weaved behind the Chinese calendar and learn how to paint with a Chinese brush? Are you curious about your chinese sign and your personality in the zodiac realm?! Join this one of a kind workshop and celebrate the Chinese New Year with us!

This is a unique experience which combines learning through stories and a hands-on activity! The price of the workshop is EUR 25 including all materials (chinese paper, ink and brushes), a surprise gift and your very own chinese calendar to bring home!

Artist: Hsiu- Hsuan Huang is a Taiwanese artist living in Amsterdam. She teaches Chinese calligraphy and ink painting at her studio and at several venues across the city.Website:

Venue: Zamen ExpoCafe’ is a collaborative space,located in the northern part of amsterdam that works together with artists and creatives.

Addresse: Zamenhofstraat 150, 1022 AG

Time: Saturday 9th February 11.00/12.30

There is an option to purchase your workshop ticket with a special lunch menu for ONLY 12,50 €:

Noodle soup and Five Spices chicken / Noodle soup and Mapo Tofu (Veg option)

Please reserve your spot by sending an email to and specify which ticket would you like to buy.

Ticket: only workshop: 25€ / Workshop plus lunch 37,50€

Organizer: /ChinaRaw/ is an original and unique platform where we present stories of China through various lenses of storytelling and other forms of arts and culture events. We want to offer a window on the traditional and modern Chinese culture in a multidimensional and creative approach through stories.

Because we are based in The Netherlands, we strive to focus our support for and foster stories from the local community, while offering a broader view that renders the Chinese cultural identity more accessible to everyone.

Stories from the Chinese Zodiac | Paint your Calendar workshop is part of /ChinaRAW/ series of events called StoryLearning where we offer different story learning experiences such as multidisciplinary and cross-cultural workshops about the Chinese culture with and for the Chinese local community.