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).
We are very excited to have launching a new pop-up Dragon Cafe @ Morley College as part of the Connect and Discover programme. We will be in the Morley College Refectory on the last Friday of the month, with the next one on Friday 27th November 2 – 5 pm, offering a range of creative activities, all free and open to everyone.
This November our creative theme is Stories We Tell. We will be exploring both traditional and personal stories, and discovering how this can help us make sense of our experiences and learn from others. Workshops, performances, film and as ever a wide selection of creative activities to promote wellbeing and social connection.
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.)
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.