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The Dragon Café is Mental Fight Club’s latest creative project: a relaxing café and imaginative space, open to all, located in the Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High St, SE1 1JA, opposite Borough tube station. (Map). Open every Monday (but only on a Monday) from 12 midday to 8.30 pm.

The Dragon Cafe provides a simple, affordable, healthy menu each week, and a wide range of creative and well-being activities, all of which are free and open to all.  No enrolment is required for groups, just turn up and take part, as much or as little as you like. Click here for next Monday’s programme (latest version put up each Thursday).

This February join us for Single Step, Giant Leap – exploring journeys, both inward and outward. Our Guest Curators are Jane Nash and Dan Milne, the Directors of Narativ in London, an organisation dedicated to helping people to tell their stories. Their mission statement is ‘A World connected by Listening and Telling Stories’.

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On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2016 we are very excited to be curating the Mind Space in partnership with the Southbank Centre, as part of Changing Minds – a weekend festival about mental health and the arts featuring music, talks, performance and workshops.

Join in tai chi or dance, write a song about your experiences of mental health, or simply take a moment to be mindful. We shall be in the Clore Ballroom, at the Royal Festival Hall, from 12 – 5 pm on Saturday and 11 – 4 pm on Sunday bringing the spirit of The Dragon Café to the Southbank, and we really want you to help us do just that! Check out the full schedule here.

Find out more about the festival here. Ticketed events have sold out due to huge demand but the free programme – including the Mind Space – will be open to all.

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We are very excited to have launched a new pop-up Dragon Cafe @ Morley College as part of the Connect and Discover programme. We will be in the Morley College Refectory twice monthly in January, February and March 2016, and our next one will be on Friday 29th January 2 – 5 pm (schedule below). Engage with a range of creative activities for your mental wellbeing, all free and open to everyone.

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We are delighted to let you know that we recently welcomed our 5000th Patron to the Cafe! An amazing number for a one day a week creative project that has been open a little over two years. Well done all!

We are also thrilled to be able to announce that The Dragon Café won the Celebrating Diversity Award at the Southwark Arts Forum Awards (the SAFTAs), held on Wednesday 24 June at the lovely Unicorn Theatre. The award was sponsored by RE/MAX and we would like to thank them as well as Southwark Arts Forum, and offer our congratulations to all the other nominees and winners. Creativity is clearly thriving in the borough of Southwark!
(Declan and Seth received the Celebrating Diversity Award on behalf of The Dragon Cafe team.)

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On 9th February The Dragon Cafe reached a major milestone – our 100th Monday. To keep going we need your help to raise £100,000. Join the DRAGONCAFE100 campaign and donate here to keep the cafe running. Your support is greatly appreciated.

In the countdown to the 100th Dragon Cafe we had some exciting and perceptive coverage in the media – national and global! Guardian columnist, Christina Patterson wrote about her experience of visiting The Dragon Cafe and reflected on in its importance in relation to wider society and her late sister’s experience of mental breakdown. Click here to read.

Meanwhile, Kate Vandy from the World Service’s Weekend news programme explored the space in sound and talked to Sarah, Seth, Kate in the kitchen and two patrons. Click here to listen (the piece appears at 35 minutes). BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live also paid a visit to the Dragon Café and you listen to it here (about 32 minutes in) and The Dragon Café paid a visit to Resonance Radio 104.4 FM, and was featured on the hour long Clear Spot slot, available here.

Go Well & See You Soon!

Click here for this week’s full programme.