Dragon Cafe Programme-10.12.2018

10th December 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Sounds, Songs & Stories

A Treatment Journey, Resilience and Living in Boxes of Stone – Three short films by John – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
After the success of the first screening last year, we are delighted to Stay in Touch with John providing another opportunity to view his work. A Treatment Journey repurposes the institutional spaces around him as a studio and site for artistic enquiry. These processes and acts form part of his ongoing attempts to explore and communicate the intricate complexities, contradictions and tensions felt by an individual navigating a psychiatric institution and pathway to recovery.

In Resilience John presents a new video work that explores the capacity of art making as a process to ease pressure, to vent and to release tension. Expression through art is both a strategy for coping and for asking questions of the institution that holds and cares for him. Living in Boxes of Stone is John’s most recent film and expands on the ideas presented in Resilience.

John’s acts of making and reflecting are part of his process of discovery and learning that help him to articulate his ideas, feelings and experiences. John’s nuanced work is an example of where art can sit in the discourse around mental health and justice. Join John for a discussion after the screenings.

About Bethlem Gallery’s Mental Health and Justice project:

‘Bethlem Gallery are at the beginning of a four year, Wellcome funded public programme. We are working alongside a multi-disciplinary research team who are specifically interested in two principal areas of enquiry; the concept of support in decision-making and the concept of decision-making ability relating to mental health and the law. The Gallery’s aim is to engage service users and develop a framework for their perspectives – challenging the often exclusive or hierarchical conversations that have characterised the area. You can find out more about the research here and read about our first wave of artists here.’

There is also an opportunity on Monday to find out more, and express an interest in, a new exciting opportunity for Peer Mentoring in Southwark. Experts by Experience will be with us between 6.30 – 8 pm and would like to meet you if you have lived experience of mental ill health and might be interested in helping others as a paid Peer Mentor.

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3rd December 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Sounds, Songs & Stories

The Power of Mindful Touch – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Touch is a delicate topic and one where your personal choice is of course of primary importance. We welcome Tamara Russell to lead a workshop at 7 pm focusing on how a gentle, mindful touch can have a transformative power. Throughout the afternoon between 12 – 6 pm you can sign up for a free fifteen minute massage or reflexology taster; and this week you can also enjoy movement at 4 pm with Dance-Works – Nia Technique that draws on dance, martial arts and yoga for a holistic workout.

Please also note, we will be open on Mondays 24th and 31st December between 12 – 6 pm so you can stay in touch with the Café and our creative community over the Christmas period.

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26th November 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Sounds, Songs & Stories

Experiences and Celebrations of William Blake – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Next week is the birthday of South London artist, poet and visionary William Blake who is one of our charity’s creative muses, and indeed added the Mental Fight (from poem Jerusalem) into the name. To mark this we welcome Stephen Micalef, poet, and Armorel Weston, singer and musician, but also Dr James Fox with his talk William Blake and Nature Spirituality: A Personal Response. In his words: ‘James Fox will describe some of his own experiences which led him to discover the mystical philosophy at the heart of William Blake’s work. His response to this is to develop a programme of practice and study (a work in progress) that is aimed at awakening a pantheistic nature spirituality, which is also discernible in Blake’s mysticism. Such an awakening would transform our conception of ourselves in relation to the world and overcome the disconnect that modernity has with the natural environment and which comes at great psychological, social and environmental cost.’

You are also invited to celebrate on Blake’s Birthday (28th November) with the Blake Society.

This Monday before our evening event, we have a day full of creative activity including Wreath Making in the ArtSpace as part of an awareness and fundraising campaign in support of the Café called ‘Opening Doors, Opening Minds’. The more the merrier, so we hope you can help us in making wreaths to be displayed by local businesses this Christmas.

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19th November 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Sounds, Songs & Stories

Performance as Story – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday we have two fantastic performances using drama and song as mediums to understand ourselves and each other. At 2.30 pm we welcome back Vanessa Bray with an afternoon performance of her MA piece Writing to Fight – collaboratively constructed from contributions by our Writing-Works group, of which she has been a long-term participant.

At 7 pm we have A Story Through Song. Rachel Wegh had been working as a wildlife photographer, but within a couple of years of embarking on her dream job, she was afflicted with a chronic pain condition. Deciding to use her creative abilities to turn her experiences into songs, she has embarked on writing a musical called Pigeon: The Musical. Using the pigeon as a metaphor, we are taken through her world of change, forced to adapt to her situation and the environment. So what’s been stopping her? Is it just the pain or something more? Filled with songs, story, humour and pathos, it connects with those who have similar experiences and provides an understanding of the obstacles that can face many with invisible physical, mental and emotional pain. Still in it’s early stages of development and accompanied with her pianist and collaborator Austin Caffrey, Rachel will share some songs and her creative process with you.

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12th November 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Sounds, Songs & Stories

My Story on Film – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday evening we will be connecting with the Brixton Reel Film Festival and personal stories on film that help us better understand each other’s experiences.  My Story is a pioneering series of filmed testimonials, about real-life mental health experiences of black Lambeth residents.  Alongside these shorts we’ll be screening That’s Not Ours, by South London filmmaker Leon Oldstrong, that explores the real-world consequences of the negative images of young black men and boys promoted by the media.  Leon will be in attendance to lead a discussion on the issues raised, as well as guest speakers from Black Thrive and Creative Sparkworks.

The event is free (as always at The Dragon Café) but if you book via the Eventbrite page, Brixton Reel have generously offered to buy you dinner from the Dragon Kitchen! (there are a limited number of these tickets available, but please note that access to the event will be allowed without registering as long as there is space).

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5th November 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Sounds, Songs & Stories

Soothing Sounds – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This November enjoy some Sounds, Songs & Stories including a Blakean exploration, a musical evening and personal stories on film. We will start on Monday with the immersion of a Restorative Gong Bath at 7 pm. An opportunity to tune into your body with gongs, played alongside Himalayan singing bowls and other soothing percussion.

Earlier in the day between 1 – 3 pm you can join Li for a Poppy Crafting workshop, using recycled products to help create a swathe of red poppies to be hung outside the church on Armistice Day. If you would like to learn a new dish in a group and enjoy some communal cooking then how about Food-Works at 2 pm with Ruth and Jennifer from Eat Club.

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29th October 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Celebrating Black History & Culture

Racial Wrongs, Social Contributions, Communal Aspirations – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
For our last Monday of this month’s Celebration of Black Culture and History we welcome Poet and Lawyer Dave Neita to host an evening of performance poetry. On the 70th anniversary of Windrush we will be particularly reflecting on the contributions of this generation. You are invited to bring poems and pieces to celebrate Black History Month, but there will also be the opportunity to create pieces on the night.

Earlier in the day you can join Li for a Black History Month Portrait Workshop at 2 pm using the techniques of artist Marlene Dumas; and at 4 pm let Wuntanara lead you in an energising African Dance workshop with live drumming.

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22nd October 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Celebrating Black History & Culture

Let’s Dance, Let’s Sing, Let’s Play! This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
You can take the dancefloor or the stage this Monday as part of our Black History Month celebration. At 4 pm we welcome Wuntanara for a energising African Dance workshop with live drumming. In the evening from 7 pm join us for a Celebration of Sound with some performers already lined up, but spots available for those who would like to contribute a song or live musical piece. If you would like to get in touch in advance contact declan@mentalfightclub.com

There are also lots more creative groups throughout the day including a Food Workshop with Eat Club at 2.15 pm. Learn a new dish in a group, and enjoy communal cooking.

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15th October 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Celebrating Black History & Culture

Black Britain on Film, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Join us this Monday from 6.30 pm for a special archive film programme of incredibly rare, little-seen depictions of black British life on screen spanning 1901 to 1985. Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain offers a chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality, as well as an opportunity to celebrate black British life and culture on screen. We welcome Yvonne Connikie from Black London Film Heritage to guide us through this collection and lead an open discussion.

Earlier on at 5.15 pm Ken will lead a Capoeria session inviting all to discover this Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Please note the slightly earlier start time for Good Moves of 4 pm.

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8th October 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Celebrating Black History & Culture

Sweet Reggae Music, this Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday we’ll have Reggae on our mind, on the dancefloor, on the screen and through the speakers. At 4 pm for our Dance session our very own Sound Maestro Martin will be playing a selection and inviting you to the dance floor. If you have any music requests throughout the day we’d be happy to play them when/if possible. From 6 pm enjoy our Musical Movie Night with a fantastic documentary about a legend, giving great insight to the life and politics that inspired some wonderful music and lyrics.

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