6th April 2020

Let’s Connect

In response to the current advice we will remain closed for the foreseeable future but are working hard to develop our Virtual Dragon Café and are delighted to share with you our hub for this time in this new Dragon space called Connect.

All Dragon Café Patrons are warmly invited to be part of our collective blog, the Conversation, where you can share your thoughts, poems, stories, pictures, music and videos.  Looking for Inspiration?  Every week we will post a creative project that we can all get involved in.  We will also be bringing a live element very soon where you will be able to tune in on a Monday, more on this to follow.

Thank you to those who have already been in touch with ideas or content for our Virtual Dragon Café and please do continue to do so by emailing declan@mentalfightclub.com

We have another recipe treat from Chef Chris for you to try at home, this week on the menu is Vegan Mushroom & Leek Risotto and if there’s any ingredients you don’t have or can’t get, work with what you have.
Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

Here are a few ideas for creative exploration and wellbeing:

–  Good Thinking tools to help your mental health.
BBC Arts ‘Culture in Quarantine’ bringing arts and culture into your home.
–  National Theatre at Home each Thursday from 7 pm. Tonight is ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ featuring James Corden in this West End and Broadway comedy hit.
–  Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage presents a programme of full-length dance performances and workshops online.

There will be more updates to follow, take care everyone,

The Dragon Café Team

30th March 2020

Sharing Creativity

While we must remain closed on a Monday we want to stay connected and keep our minds and bodies healthy.  Our aim is to create an online creative space which has Dragon spirit and is accessible on Mondays, and other days too.  An invitation for us to meet and share poetry, art, music, dance, chess, recipes, mindfulness, meditation and more.

We are working on this and hope to be able to share it very soon but meanwhile you can get in touch with ideas or content for our Virtual Dragon Café by emailing declan@mentalfightclub.com

Chef Chris has shared a recipe for you to try at home with his Cosmic Korma Recipe (if there’s any ingredients you can’t get, work with what you have) so have a look below.

Here are a few ideas for creative exploration and wellbeing:

–  Talks and guided meditations as pandemic care resources from Tara Brach.
–  At Art UK you can access every public art collection in the UK. Search for artworks or artists, or explore art by theme through topics.
–  Free Yoga videos to try at home.
–  Watch Dance, Opera And Theatre at Marquee TV with some free content, or get access to everything with a 30 day free trial.

There will be more updates to follow, take care everyone,

The Dragon Café Team

23rd March 2020

Closed but Connected

Taking into consideration advice from public health the safest decision is for The Dragon Café to remain closed for now and we will share a further update by Monday 6th April.

The most important thing is that we all stay safe and do what we can to maintain our physical and mental health at this challenging time.  We are working as a team to develop ways that we can stay connected and creative during the coming weeks, and will be sharing ideas and resources via our social media channels @TheDragonCafe on Facebook and Twitter and through our weekly newsletter.

You can sign up for this via the form on the right of this page.

We are working together to consider best ways to support our community and while self-care is crucial some collective thinking is needed right now.  Our contact details remain the same over this time and we will get back to you on specific enquiries.

Thank you for your understanding and take care everyone,

The Dragon Café Team

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16th March 2020

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Message on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Following further consideration and consultation we have decided to not open The Dragon Café on Monday 16th March. Due to significant concerns over health risks surrounding the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation adopting a cautious approach feels appropriate.

We will continue to closely monitor developments and are follow advice from Public Health England and the National Health Service. The health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, Patrons and wider community is of utmost importance to us.

We really appreciate your understanding at this challenging time, and will follow with updates when we know more.

Thank you and take care everyone,

The Dragon Café Team

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9th March 2020

Growing Together – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Your Story, Your Voice
This month’s ‘Our Story’ series with Dan and Jane from Listening and Storytelling organisation Narativ continues at 2 pm. This week exploring the Power of Humanity – who are the significant others in your stories, and how can you bring their characters and actions to life?”

This month the Re:CREATE Psychiatry Monthly Meet-Up with Eve is in the evening at 6.30 – 8 pm and hopefully those who find the afternoon slot tricky to attend can make it along. Join philosopher Sophie Stammers from the University of Birmingham for a workshop exploring mental capacity and improving decision making in mental health. If you have experience of using mental health services, particularly experience of decisions of mental capacity, and/or experience of working in mental health services, particularly experience of making mental capacity or related decisions, please join the conversation.

Please Note: unfortunately Tai-Chi has had to be suspended for the time being due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope for it to return soon.

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2nd March 2020

Growing Together – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Growing Together in the Garden and Storytelling
This month we have two fantastic collaborations developing our understanding of growing and storytelling. Monday will be the first of this month’s ‘Our Story’ series with Dan and Jane from Listening and Storytelling organisation Narativ. Discover and explore your own stories and find your confidence in sharing them. This gentle exploration of the Art of Personal Storytelling will take place over 4 two hour sessions at 2 pm – join us for any or for all. Each session will develop your mastery of the building blocks of a good story. Our first session will look at A Sense of Place – how to transport your listeners to another time and place through your powers of observation and description.

In the evening at 7 pm join Anton Rosenfeld from Garden Organic and ‘Give it a Grow’. This session will introduce you to the principles of organic growing. It will help you align your everyday growing activities to a healthier and more sustainable way of doing things. We will touch upon important topics such as which creatures are beneficial to your growing and how to encourage them into your environment. You will also get a chance to sow some seeds of heritage varieties and attractant plants to get you started for this growing season.

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24th February 2020

Celebrating LGBT+ History & Culture – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Drag en le Café Cabaret!
On this final Monday of February we have a treat is store with a fantabulous evening of LGBT+ entertainment plus workshops and talks earlier in the day. At 2 pm join Federico Gallo for an Art Workshop using collage to investigate and explore the concept of self-representation. We are also delighted to be exhibiting some of Federico’s work. At 5 pm we welcome Deirdre Swain with a talk on Stormé DeLarverie – the forgotten heroine of the Stonewall Riots.

For a special finale to our Celebrating LGBT+ History & Culture don’t miss a night of cabaret performance with Drag En Le Café from 7 pm. Our line-up includes the sensational singer Khristian Stanswyk – this 26 year old performer from Portugal came to London with a dream…. The towering talent that is Sigi Moonlight. You will crack with laughter at this take on Asian culture. The wonderfully talented and versatile cabaret star Rhys Hollis. Holding the evening together with wit and charm is King Frankie Sinatra. Host of Kings of Clubs the legendary Drag King night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Star of stage and screen. Here for one night only!

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17th February 2020

‘Can I Help You?’ presented by Playing ON

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – All activities free and open to everyone.
This week we are delighted to host a special performance by a theatre company we have collaborated with many times – Playing ON. Bringing to life Philip Osment’s final play, Can I Help You? is a magical realist examination of the role race and gender have to play in mental health and suicide.

An off-duty English policeman is about to throw himself off Beachy Head when he is met by a woman carrying a laundry bag and a cat box. Over the course of one night, two disparate characters learn what it truly means to be touched by the magic of hope. Director Jim Pope and cast will hold a post show discussion and workshop.

We also have a full programme throughout the day.

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10th February 2020

Celebrating LGBT+ History & Culture – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Spoken Word, Short Film & Sylvester.
We continue Celebrating LGBT+ History & Culture with a wonderful line-up of talks, performance and film. We welcome Pascal Brannan with a talk on disco icon The (Mighty Real) Sylvester at 6.30 pm before an evening of Spoken Word & Short Film from 7.15 pm. Always fantastic to connect with our Hackney cousins Core Arts and present two of their short films on LGBT+ themes, then a real treat with spoken word and comedy performances.

Jamie Cottle is a non-binary artist, director, actor and poet. Their poetry seeks to reclaim the scientific lexicon (typically used as an oppressive tool) to liberate themselves and others from trans-medicalism and form a new post-somatic connection with the body. Amelia Stubberfield is a theatre maker, actor, comedian and writer, listed as “one to watch” by the Funny Women awards. Ameilia is a member of Soho Theatre’s Comedy Lab Plus and regularly gigs on the comedy circuit.

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3rd February 2020

Celebrating LGBT+ History & Culture – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – All activities free and open to everyone.
This month we will be strengthening links with LGBT+ organisations in our community and joining the celebration of LGBT+ History Month. On Monday we welcome Southwark LGBT Forum at 2.15 pm and Stonewall Housing at 3 pm before a guaranteed fun and informative evening at 7 pm with our LGBT+ Quiz Night hosted by the dapper King Frankie Sinatra!

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