7th May 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Spring into summer!

Start the Week Well – this Monday 12 – 6 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday we are willing the weather into brighter days with a Spring into Summer. Maybe you don’t get the chance to visit us that often, but a Bank Holiday gives you the opportunity and we will be open. Why not join the creative writing, singing, football, Tai-Chi or chess?; or maybe just chill on a bean bag, book yourself in for a massage and enjoy the good food ad art exhibitions. We’ll end the day on a positive note with the healing sounds of a Gong Bath at 5 pm before the slightly earlier finish of 6 pm.

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30th April 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Create, Relate, Celebrate!

Thinking Strategically – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday evening our Chess group – Good Moves – session leader Ian Grant has set himself a Simultaneous Chess Challenge that promises to be intriguing and stimulating for participants and spectators. Always a fascinating activity we’re giving chess the stage this week.

In the afternoon there will be design in mind at the final session of this month’s Bidean Co-Design Workshops. Sara, Erika and the group will be looking at the presentation of ideas and how to develop ideas further, including joining Bidean’s new studio.

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23rd April 2018

Dragon Café 250! Celebrating the Dragon and St George

This Monday we will be celebrating the 250th Dragon Café and it is a moment of wonderful syncronicity that it is also St George’s Day, as it was on our very first Café!  On 23 April 2012 we opened our doors for the first Dragon adventure with a day full of music, dance, poetry and connection. Here we are 6 years later to the day to celebrate another creative day together.

There will be Open Mic opportunity in the evening from 6.30 pm but if you’d like to book a slot to perform in advance get in touch declan@mentalfightclub.com

This weekend we will be part of the St George in Southwark Festival Parade on Saturday 21 April gathering at St George’s Cathedral from 1.30 pm to leave at 2 pm and making lively procession to St George the Martyr church (where there will be open air theatre and community tea from 3 pm). Please join us and our Dragon to bring some joy to the streets of SE1!

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16th April 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Create, Relate, Celebrate!

‘An Ever River’ Poetry Launch & Much More! – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday we are delighted to host the launch of David Russell’s new poetry collection An Ever River. David is a long standing friend of the Café and Editor of Poetry Express Newsletter. He writes passionate surreal Eco-poetry to communicate his urgent concerns about all types of environment: natural, artificial, human, urban, mental and emotional.

Earlier in the day at 3.30 pm get involved with restoring our dancing Dragon – who has been resting awhile – for some action in the week ahead. We will be part of the St George in Southwark Festival Parade on Saturday 21 April starting at St George’s Cathedral at 2 pm and making lively procession to St George the Martyr church. Please join us for this festival afternoon and then again on Monday 23 April when the Dragon will be in the Café as we celebrate both St George’s Day and the 250th Dragon Cafe!

This Week At The Dragon Café

9th April 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Create, Relate, Celebrate!

Stimulation and Relaxation – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday we invite you to get creative in the day then relax in the evening. Help us with some Dragon Restoration from 2 pm as we get our dancing dragon ready for celebrations with new scales. You can also join the second of the Bidean Co-Design Workshops at 2 pm, this week exploring how design ideas can be nurtured. In the evening lie, or sit, back and relax with the healing vibrations of a Gong and Gamelan Bath.

This month we invite you to Create, Relate, Celebrate! as we’ll be hosting the launch of David Russell’s new poetry collection An Ever River on the 16th, but also will be celebrating St George’s Day and the 250th Dragon Cafe on Monday 23rd! More on both of these to follow.

This Week At The Dragon Café

2nd April 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Create, Relate, Celebrate!

Co-Design to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Bank Holiday Monday we will be open from 12-6 pm so if you don’t always get the chance to visit but have the day free we’d be delighted to see you! There is a day full of creative activity including the first session of this month’s Bidean Co-Design Workshops at 2 pm. Discover more about who Bidean are and also consider the question, what is design?

This month we invite you to Create, Relate, Celebrate! as we’ll be hosting the launch of David Russell’s new poetry collection An Ever River on the 16th, but also will be celebrating St George’s Day and the 250th Dragon Cafe on Monday 23rd! More on both of these to follow.

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26th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Personal Body / Systemic Body: Heterotopias of mental health care – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday in our final RE:CREATE Psychiatry event for Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed we will ask what role does space, environment, and setting play in the experience of mental health service use?

We will unpick the ways in which spatial hierarchies are deployed to enshrine roles and stereotypes within clinical settings, and ask what positive impacts can these spatial settings be made to have on the therapeutic encounter? All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome to an openhearted discussion that will include a workshop with Dr Laura McGrath, University of East London, and performances by The Dragon Café Singers.

Among our full day of wellbeing activities we will welcome fairer weather with the first of our Walking-Works at 12.30 – 2 pm. Join Jane from Narativ for a local stroll to stretch your legs, and open up your mind and senses to the pleasures of a journey on foot.

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19th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Fake News and the NHS – a modern hysteria? – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday in our series of RE:CREATE Psychiatry discussions Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed the focus will be on how the current climate of politicised media manipulation and ‘alternative facts’ affects us. What impact does the political climate have on personal wellbeing and collective mental health? And how does this affect our relationship with society and our healthcare service?

Following a film preview of Brexit means Brexit! a new contemporary dance piece commissioned by PS/Y, you are invited to join an openhearted discussion with guest speakers Victoria Tischler, Professor of Arts and Health, Head of the Dementia Care Centre, University of West London, and Lauren Gavaghan, psychiatrist, activist, and RE:CREATE Psychiatry founding member. All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.

Please note that Football-Works will be at a slightly later time than usual this week of 3 pm. All welcome for a friendly kick around. Bring trainers and some water.

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12th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Unreliable Narrator: Hysterical Woman, Manned up Man – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
We continue our March series of RE:CREATE Psychiatry discussions Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed with a focus on gender. What is the relationship between mental health, gender, and language? And what influence does this relationship have on how we are perceived – both in society and in services? Performance artist Ellie Stamp and guest speakers will help structure the discussion, and all mental health professionals and those with lived experience are welcome to contribute.

Earlier in the day you can join any or all of our creative and wellbeing activities including vegan and yeast free Soda Bread Making at 1.45 pm; mindful exercises of self-compassion for heart health with The Heartfulness Project at 2 pm; Dance-Works with Ariella & Renzo at 4 pm; or develop your knowledge of chess with Good Moves at 5 pm.

All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.

This Week At The Dragon Café

Dragon Cafe Programme on the 12th March 2018

5th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Being BAME: From colonial hysteria to the post-colonial experiences of mental health service – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This March join us for Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed, a series of openhearted RE:CREATE Psychiatry discussions in collaboration with research, curating and public engagement group PS/Y. This week’s opening event is an exploration of colonial hysteria and post-colonial experiences in Being BAME.

Following a screening of Larry Achiampong’s Relic 1, a film that invites us on a journey of moments – of constructed and yet familiar feelings of otherness – we will collectively unpick notions of colonial hysteria to ask how should we examine post-colonial identity and minority overrepresentation? What is it like being BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) in mental health services today?

All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.

This Week At The Dragon Café