3rd August 2020

Visit our Online Creative Collection this August

Each summer we take a break during August to allow time to recharge for the rest of the Dragon year, which means a pause for the Virtual Dragon Café broadcast. There is however a wonderful collection of 15 episodes to return to, or visit for a first time (you’re in for a treat!), all available at time that works for you. They are bursting with activities for you to join in with, performances to cheer and the spirit of The Dragon Café itself.

You can also continue to enjoy a wide variety of poetry, art, recipes and more at our Connect site where the Dragon Café community have come together. Why not try one (or more) or the many Recipes from Chef Chris that you can find on the site and this week we have a Vegan Apricot Tart to add to them.

Ian Grant has continued his Good Moves with fantastic chess videos exploring the game via classic matches and literature on the subject. You can explore these on our Vimeo page, as well as discovering other wellbeing sessions, performances, and films from our archives.

Cathy Eastburn recorded a special relaxing and re-energising Gong Bath for the Virtual Dragon Café which you can enjoy here at any time. There is also a huge range of gong baths of varying lengths freely available on Cathy’s Sarasa Sound channel on both YouTube and Soundcloud.

The Virtual Dragon Cafe will return in September and we will be reviewing the situation on a monthly basis, following expert health advice on when it is safe to re-open in a physical space.

We wish you well this August,
The Dragon Café Team

 

 

27th July 2020

Urban Gardening, Shadow Puppets & More!

Join us this Monday 27th July at 3 pm for our last Live Virtual Dragon Café broadcast before the August break (then available at any time on YouTube). There’ll be a menu of creative and wellbeing delights including a Shadow Puppet Workshop. Something to entertain you during August, join Li for a brief history and guide to making a decorative shadow puppet menagerie. Wait for evening, grab a torch and try them out.

On Monday at 5 pm join Chris Collins from Garden Organic for an Urban Gardening workshop (register here).  Learn about growing both food and flowers in a small space. Chris will share the 10 Golden Rules for success with container gardening, talk about taking over an allotment area, how to get things in order and produce home grown food organically.

Chris Collins has spent 35 years in professional horticulture including Edinburgh and Kew Botanic Gardens and a decade as the Blue Peter gardener. He currently works as Head of Organic Horticulture for Garden Organic.

All Dragon Café Patrons are also warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too. There is already a fantastic selection to explore there, so do take a look!

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from Chef Chris is a Black Bean Burger. Perfect Summer Yum! Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

Please note that we will be taking our annual break in August but return in September.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

20th July 2020

Wonderful Words & Handmade Books

Join us this Monday 20th July at 3 pm for our Live Virtual Dragon Café broadcast with a menu of creative and wellbeing delights.  Don’t forget that you can access the broadcasts at any time after it going out live.

We welcome Annie Hayter, a Barbican Young Poet and a London Writers’ Awardee for Poetry, to perform a selection of her pieces and invite you to her workshop at the Virtual Dragon Café in the City.  She has run workshops with the Barbican, Spread The Word, Headway East London and Crisis.  This Wednesday 22nd July at 12.30 pm explore the different ways that poetry can help us to reflect on memories, dreams and the past, using an array of techniques to write about our experiences in a safe and supportive environment (register here).

Join DC Visual Arts Manager, Li for a workshop on making simple handmade books – useful for gifts, journalling, scrapbooking and maybe even documenting your lockdown experiences.

All Dragon Café Patrons are also warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too. There is already a fantastic selection to explore there, so do take a look!

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from Chef Chris is a delicious Vegan Thai Green Curry! Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

13th July 2020

Freedom in Film & Relaxation in Sound

Join us this Monday 13th July at 3 pm for another live Virtual Dragon Café broadcast which will include familiar faces, activities to get involved with and performances to cheer. We are delighted to welcome two guests who have been connected to the Cafe for many years and have creative invitations to share.

Chris Haydon founded community media specialists Community TV Trust [CTVT] over 20 years ago and has worked on film projects with The Dragon Café. We’ll be hearing about next week’s online Freedom Film Festival (14 – 17 July) which is a celebration of Freewheelers Theatre and Media Company’s film work over the past 10 years.

Cathy Eastburn will join us on the broadcast to give an introduction to her instruments that are used to create a meditative sound ‘bath’. Cathy has recorded a special relaxing and re-energising Gong Bath for the Virtual Dragon Café which will be available on our YouTube channel after the show at any time that works for you.

All Dragon Café Patrons are also warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too. There is already a fantastic selection to explore there, so do take a look!

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from Chef Chris is a delicious Coconut Cream Pie! Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

Garden Organic at the Dragon Café

6th July 2020

Nurture Body, Mind and Your Garden

We’re having a pause this week on the Virtual Dragon Café broadcast but will return on Monday 13th July and there is nice selection to revisit before then too.

You are invited to join us on Zoom for a couple of workshops this Monday 6th July with Sowing New Seeds at 3 pm (register here) and Yoga at 5 pm (register here). Both session leaders have run sessions at the Café before and we’re delighted to be connecting with them in this new way.

Sowing New Seeds with Garden Organic is a workshop looking at multicultural food production in the UK. There will be a presentation with opportunities to ask questions and we’ll also hear recordings of various growers telling their stories about food growing in their home countries and when they came to the UK.

Yoga with Balance Garden is open to all abilities and will focus on finding comfort in the body and encouraging peace in the mind.

All Dragon Café Patrons are also warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too. There is already a fantastic selection to explore there, so do take a look!

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from Chef Chris is a healthy Brown Rice Risotto! Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

Garden Organic at the Dragon Café


29th June 2020

Nature Provides

This week on the Virtual Dragon Café broadcast we’ll be bringing the ArtSpace into the programme as Li joins us with an activity to try at home. Don’t fancy the queue at the art shop? Join Li as she explores easy ways to make and use Natural Drawing Inks using supermarket foodstuffs.

We will also have some tips on breathing, balance and core strength from Brendan in his Bodyworks; an invitation to Dance and exercise mind and body with Ariella & Renzo; Poetic Inspiration from Diana and Open Mic performances to savour. Join us this Monday at 3 pm, or watch it at a time after then that works for you.

Please note that we will have a short pause from the broadcast on Monday 6 July but will have some workshops to join on that day instead, including Sowing New Seeds with Garden Organic looking at multicultural food production in the UK. Our live broadcast will return on Monday 13 July at the usual time of 3 pm.

All Dragon Café Patrons are also warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too. There is already a fantastic selection to explore there, so do take a look!

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from Chef Chris is a tasty classic Ratatouille, with a kick! Enjoy! Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

22nd June 2020

Good Moves on the Chess Board & Other Films

We hope that you have been enjoying our Virtual Dragon Café broadcast each Monday at 3 pm, or watching it at a time that works for you. You can join us again this Monday 22nd June for more familiar faces, activities to get involved with and performances to cheer.

Another way you can enjoy our creative programme is on our Vimeo channel and throughout lockdown Ian Grant has brought his regular Café Chess session Good Moves online here. Ian guides us through classic matches offering insights to player’s histories and strategies. A treat for anyone with an interest in the game.

You can also see performances from our recent International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia celebrations and explore some of our film archive including performances at the Café by Ben Okri and Maiuko, and our relaunch on The Golden Hinde back in 2012.

All Dragon Café Patrons are also warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too. There is already a fantastic selection to explore there, so do take a look!

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from Chef Chris is a cool fresh Coriander Dhal. Enjoy! Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

15th June 2020

A Spoken Word Journey

We’ve enjoyed having Uncle Errol on our Virtual Dragon Café show the last couple of Mondays, and hope you have too. Errol McGlashan is a Dragon Café Patron, workshop facilitator and performer – voted Best Spoken Word Artist 2019 by The Poetry Awards – and you can find out more here.

Join Errol for a Spoken Word Session next Monday 15th June at 4.30 pm on Zoom (you can download this video call software here). You can expect some creative writing opportunities but also chat and performance from Errol too. All are welcome. To sign up contact declan@mentalfightclub.com

There will also be another fun, engaging, welcoming and live Virtual Dragon Café broadcast this Monday 15th June at 3 pm. Familiar faces, activities to get involved with and performances to cheer. Don’t forget that you can revisit all of the previous 9 episodes at any time on the link above.

All Dragon Café Patrons are also warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too. There is already a fantastic selection to explore there, so do take a look!

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from the Dragon Kitchen is Coconut Lentil Soup. Enjoy! Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

8th June 2020

Lift your spirits with The Virtual Dragon Café

Join us this Monday 8th June at 3 pm for another live Virtual Dragon Café broadcast which will include familiar faces, activities to get involved with and performances to cheer. We have had a great reception to the shows so far and don’t forget that you can revisit all of the episodes at any time on the link above.

All Dragon Café Patrons are warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too.

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from the Dragon Kitchen is Chris’s Vegetarian Paella. A delicious one pan meal for you to try. Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team

1st June 2020

Start the month and your week with The Virtual Dragon Café

Join us this Monday 1st June at 3 pm for another live Virtual Dragon Café broadcast which will include familiar faces, activities to get involved with and performances to cheer. We have been enjoying poetry readings from Diana in recent episodes and have an additional spoken word element next week! Don’t forget that you can revisit the first seven episodes at any time on the link above.

All Dragon Café Patrons are warmly invited to be part of our collective blog Connect. Share your writings, art, music and ideas and see what others have been inspired by too.

You can Register on the Connect site homepage to get involved.

This week’s recipe from Chef Chris is Dragon Energy Balls. Easy to make for when you need a boost!
Download/print a pdf of the recipe here.

Our sister project RE:CREATE Psychiatry are teaming up with Dr Mary Birken from UCL on a research project exploring loneliness, isolation and mental health during the pandemic. You can find out more here</a> or email dop.pru@ucl.ac.uk to get involved.

For film fans out there We Are One online free global film festival (29 May – 7 June) is a collaboration between 21 international film festivals, including BFI London Film Festival, Cannes, Toronto, Venice and Berlin, and hosted by YouTube in support of Covid-19 relief efforts.

There will be more updates each week and don’t forget to check out our social media too (Twitter and Facebook).

Take care everyone,
The Dragon Café Team