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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, opposite Borough tube station. (Map).

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, 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).

Come Seek Sanctuary in September

When The Dragon Cafe re-opens its doors on Monday 1 September, our regular activities will be beautifully complemented by Visiting Curators from the Bethlem Museum & Art Gallery. They are set to deliver a fascinating program of films, talks, object handling sessions, art, dance, songs and music all exploring creative and psychiatric forms of sanctuary down the ages.
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As you may know, The Bethlem Hospital, now based in Beckenham, is the world’s oldest ‘asylum’ founded, not far away in the City of London, over seven hundred years ago.    Its name, corrupted to ‘Bedlam’ became a by-word for madness and chaos, but these days the Bethlem has a world-wide reputation for creative excellence.

The Bethlem Art Gallery provides a unique and expanding platform for artists with lived experience who exhibit both on and off the Bethlem site.   See here.   Meanwhile, the Bethlem Museum possesses a massive collection of patient art-works and artefacts from the past couple of hundred years, all which is set to be displayed in their new Museum of the Mind – due to open in 2015.   See here.

So all in all, September 2014 should be a very exciting month at The Dragon.

Go Well & See You Soon!

Click here for full programme.