Dragon Cafe Programme-17.09.2018

17th September 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Process

Floorboards, Whitewalls and Butterflies, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
For the last year ESRC PhD student Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi has been at the Café embedding herself in different roles to enable her to fully appreciate the elements that make the space what it is. As part of our Process month at 7 pm we will hear from Josephine on her approach to the research study on The Dragon Café – ‘Place, people and processes: Ethnography of a community mental health café’. Through the day you can also be part of the Café experience to see for yourself how we work!

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10th September 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Process

Mindful Moves & Mood Movies, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Tai-Chi returns this Monday afternoon and before that we welcome Anthony Fidler with a taster of his Mindfulness based practices at 2 pm.  You can also try your moves on the dancefloor and chess board before our evening of Mood Movies promises to lift your spirits!  Start your week well with The Dragon Café.

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Dragon Cafe Programme-03.09.2018

3rd September 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Process

Writing about Writing & Film about Memories, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Welcome back everybody after our Annual August Break! A new Dragon Year and we continue to explore how creative mediums can help us understand ourselves and one another.  This month we take a look at Process and gain insight on how works of art and expression are created.

Enjoy a day of activity and then join us in the evening for Writing to Fight in which Vanessa Bray will share her performance piece that has been developed in collaboration with members of our Writing-Works group – of which Vanessa is also one. This will be followed by a screening of Memories – There’s Always Tomorrow, a short film by Anna Bowman about the same-named exhibition held earlier this year at the Gallery at the St Pancras Hospital. Co-curator, and former Dragon Cafe team member, Jill Rock will join us to add depth to a discussion of film and exhibition.

Sonnet Sunday at Shakespeare’s Globe
Sunday 2nd September, 5 – 7 pm

Our wonderful Dragon Café Singers will be getting a head-start on us with a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank this Sunday.  Led by Vivien Ellis, accompanied by Dragon musicians and working with Community Concert Director Athena Stevens, our Singers will perform a Shakespearean sonnet during the 5-7 pm part of the day.  You can find out more about this amazing event, and see the range of ticketing options available here.

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30th July 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Moving Together!

Moving and Singing Together, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday will be our last before the Annual Break and so we hope you will join us in movement of body and voice. How about a local stroll with Jane in Walking-Works at 2 pm and then later try some Pilates at 5 pm.

Vivien will be leading Singing-Works at 1 pm and then in the evening we’ll be moving Open Mic into the back room and leading into a Karaoke Party to end the month, and Dragon Season before our Annual Break in August. Put your name down during the day and we’ll share a fun evening together.

The Dragon Café Annual Break
In August we will be taking our Annual Break and the Café will be closed. It is important that we have a break so that we can continue to deliver our full and varied programmes each and every Monday for the rest of the year – including Bank Holidays.

Our last Monday before the break will be 30th July and we will return on Monday 3rd September 2018.
We wish everyone well over this period.

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23rd July 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Moving Together!

Stories from Body and Movement, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
We have a wonderful selection of creative activites this Monday and an evening of Moving Together to further understand our stories. Learn how to make Vietnamese Summer Rolls at 2.15 pm or create with fabric in the last of our Bedsheet Tapestry workshops between 2 – 3.30 pm. Jane will lead Walking-Works at 3 pm with a local stroll to enhance our awareness and appreciation of our surroundings; and at 5 pm this month’s exhibiting artist, and workshop leader, Matthew will give an illustrated Art Talk.

In the evening from 7 pm Charlie and Jose from Moving Pieces physical theatre company will lead a taster session in how we can create compelling performance narratives through connecting body and movement.

The Dragon Café Annual Break
In August we will be taking our Annual Break and the Café will be closed. It is important that we have a break so that we can continue to deliver our full and varied programmes each and every Monday for the rest of the year – including Bank Holidays.

Our last Monday before the break will be 30th July and we will return on Monday 3rd September 2018.
We wish everyone well over this period.

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Dragon Cafe Programme-16.07.2018

16th July 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Moving Together!

Moving in Rhythm and Play – Capoeira, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday join us for a menu of creative delights to move us and bring us together. You can join Jane for Walking-Works at 12.30 pm, gain some cooking tips from Chef Alice in her Food Demo at 2.15 pm, try some Good Moves on the Chess board at 5 pm, and then in the evening at 7 pm we will discover Capoeira together in this rescheduled event. Ken will lead us in an accessible session to explore this Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music.

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9th July 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Moving Together!

Marwencol – Making sense of the world, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Following an attack that left Mark Hogancamp with brain trauma and memory loss he repieced his world using imagination and creativity, creating a 1:6-scale model world, MARWENCOL. This event is presented in collaboration with film magazine Little White Lies and Contributing Editor Sophie Monks Kaufman said of its selection “His works are beautiful and fascinating miniatures, worthy of artistic exhibition in their own right. The most moving aspect of the story is its symbolism: the real world proved unbearably painful, so Mark made his own one, and then the real world came to meet him there.

Our imagination can help us to escape worldly pains, but it can also reconnect us to what we once tried to block out by showing us how to be in the world on our own terms.” We will be joined by Sophie and her colleague Hannah Woodhead for a post film discussion.

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2nd July 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Moving Together!

Sewing, Walking, Moving Together, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This July connect mind and body in movement with a variety of creative activities. We welcome Bethlem artist in residence Matthew with this month’s exhibition, but also a series of fabric art workshops in which you can join him transforming a hospital item into a Bedsheet Tapestry. Every Monday this month you will have the opportunity to embrace the summer weather with Walking-Works and a local stroll with Jane from storytelling organisation Narativ. At 7 pm end the day well with a Yoga session.

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25th June 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Creative Wellbeing!

Moving Together in Rhythm, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday you can connect mind and body in movement with creative activities that embrace the world. Tai Chi at 3 pm with instructor Li Zhi from the London Confucius Institute for TCM offers low impact strengthening with Kung Fu infusion.

At 4 pm we have the wonderful Dance-Works with Ariella & Renzo that always joyously celebrates a wide range of music and dance styles. In the evening at 7 pm join us as we discover Capoeira – an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Ken promises a session accessible to all and a playful musical evening of movement.

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18th June 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Creative Wellbeing!

A Healthy Environment for You, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
We have a full and varied day this Monday, so hopefully something for everyone. Fancy stretching your legs with a local stroll then join Jane for Walking-Works at 12.30 pm. Discover how to make Norimaki at 2.15 pm with Deko’s Roll Sushi Food Demo, or try Pilates at 5 pm.

We hope you enjoy The Dragon Café space and so it is our great pleasure to be recognised for this in recent publication ‘Essentials of Mental Health Nursing’ (Wright & McKeown, 2018). At 7 pm in Design In Mental Health co-editor Prof Mick McKeown will be presenting us with a copy, talking about his work as Professor of Democratic Mental Health at UCLAN, and discussing approaches to co-production in design alongside Hospital Rooms artist Katharine Lazenby. They will be joined by Joe Forster, President of Design In Mental Health Network.

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