Wake up your inner maker at ZAM Lectorium

Wake up your inner maker at ZAM Lectorium

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Want to burst into peals of the Morin khuur or use your wit whilst learning the traditional Buryat game - Shagai Naadan, delve into a ballet dance to get moving or sit quietly with your painting? You can do so and wake up your inner maker at ZAM Lectorium in Ulan-Ude. As a creative hub located above the ethnical market ZAM Space on the second floor, it also serves as a trendy event location. 

Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium
Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium
ZAM Space, Ulan-Ude
ZAM Space, Ulan-Ude
ул. Сухэ-Батора, 16, Улан-Удэ, Респ. Бурятия, Россия, 670000

Paint your Buryatia in watercolours 

This course won’t turn you into Rembrandt or Botticelli, so lower your expectations. Instead, it will introduce you to the picturesque world of Buryatia with its one-off nature and rich culture. It might be hard to imagine a more vivid and breathtaking canvas than this faraway Siberian republic. Armed with the palette of watercolours, you will be guided by a talented Buryat artist

Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium
Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium

Not only you find out how to hold the paintbrush and create a masterpiece but also some facts about the traditional Buryat lifestyle and culture. Participants can choose among various themes, materials are usually provided. The workshop lasts for an hour, and the maximum number of participants is 20.  By the end of the class, guests can take their works with. 

Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium
Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium

Master Buryat-Mongolian calligraphy 

Less and less people are using handwriting in their everyday life. With the rapid spread of digital technology, the architecture of letters is not so appealing anymore. Though, imagine impressing your work colleagues with an ingenious piece of calligraphy brought from Siberia. Let yourself to re-discover the power of this ancient craft. Besides, the learning process has never been so relaxed.

Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium
Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium

This interactive course combines the art of handwriting with the historical insights provided by a calligraphy master. Guiding you through the vertical Mongolian script, the prototype of the modern Buryat alphabet, he will introduce you to the letters forms and positions, spaces and scales.

Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium
Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium

Workshop participants can choose to write their names or any other words that have a special meaning for them. This is usually done on particular cards or scrolls, that can be easily taken with as a handmade souvenir. The workshop duration varies between 15, 30, and 60 minutes, and the number of participants differs between 5 and 15 accordingly.  

Make a memorable piece of the Buryat jewelry

Not only Buryatia excels in ethnic art and textiles but also in distinctive jewelry. In the Buryat tradition, the jewelry always referred to the timeless values: the older, the better. Just as in many other cultures, the jewelry was frequently assigned with a protective function. It was believed that talismans and amulets secure the owner’s health and well-being. It’s later that the decorative function came into focus, too. 

Photo © credits to minkultrb/Anna Ogorodnik
Photo © credits to minkultrb/Anna Ogorodnik

At the workshop, you will work face-to-face with the artist. Guiding you through the history of Buryat jewelry, she will also teach you how to create some unsophisticated traditional earrings. The participation is mainly in groups, and the ready items can be used as takeaway souvenirs

Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium
Photo © credits to ZAM Lektorium

If you set up for a traveller hunting for immersive experiencesZAM Lectorium in Ulan-Ude is a place to be. Whether to wake up your inner maker or satisfy your thirst for new knowledge, this creative mecca has it all.

ZAM Lectorium, Ulan-Ude
ZAM Lectorium, Ulan-Ude

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Elena Bubeeva

Elena Bubeeva

Hi, I am Elena. 28 years old, from Siberia. Communications enthusiast and nature lover, I spend much time talking about sustainable tourism, trails, and places for a good pizza. Join me for some tips and tricks around the coldest region in the world aka Siberia.

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