Lúnasa has seen many people contribute along the way, we collectively renovated the space and our doors opened in June 2015. Our Caifé was built with love, on a foundation of solidarity and mutual aid. This ethos has remained with the Caifé; we have played host to many progressive causes from feminism, environmentalism and combating homelessness.
A space was sorely needed in Belfast where our political beliefs could be combined with our social needs; we filled this vacuum through supporting and hosting many emerging artists, cultural events and campaigns.
The King/Castle Street area of Belfast is filled with many brilliant and strong characters, and shops that have stood the test of time. We believe in the importance of strong communities and felt it was imperative for us to buy locally and give back to the community we are fortunate enough to be a part of.
On Tuesday the 26th of July all our hard work for the past three years disappeared with a blink of the eye. A fire ignited in the kitchen area of the Caifé.
The workers of the Fire Service did a fantastic job of containing and extinguishing the fire and we would like to pay a special tribute to their valiant efforts.
Unfortunately, a lot of damage has been done. All our appliances, fixtures and fittings in the kitchen and prep area have been completely destroyed and will need to be replaced.
We will also need to pay for engineers to repair various elements of the Caifé and for supplies so that we can bring the Caifé back to its former glory.
Can you help us? We are asking those who can, to contribute to our crowdfunding campaign and help bring Lúnasa back to all of its members and the local community. Please give anything you can to help us get there.