Dragon Cafe Programme-18.02.2019

18th February 2019

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

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – A History of Lesbian Politics and Psychiatry.
Our second evening event Celebrating LGBT History & Culture includes guest speakers on the lesbian movement within the realm of mental health and some award winning short films. At 7 pm we welcome Helen Spandler, Professor of Mental Health Politics, University of Central Lancashire, and Sarah Carr, PhD, Senior Fellow in Mental Health Policy, University of Birmingham for a talk and discussion on A History of Lesbian Politics and Psychiatry. Before this at 6.15 pm we will be Celebrating LGBT Short Film with work from award winning filmmakers Alice Trueman and Dionne Edwards.

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Dragon Cafe Programme-11.02.2019

11th February 2019

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

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – An Alternative Valentine’s with Ensemble Tramontana.
This Monday we have a very special evening performance with the return of Eszter Komáromi and the early music group Ensemble Tramontana. ‘Parlement of Foules’ will be a journey into the dark side of love with an early music (commonly defined as European classical music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque) performance sung and played on Violles da gambo and inspired by birdsong. A musical treat and rare opportunity to hear these pieces.

Throughout the day we also have a variety of wellbeing activities to enjoy including Yoga at 2.45 pm and a 5 Rhythms Taster with Irene at 4 pm as our Dance session.

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4th February 2019

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

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café includes a fabulous evening of cabaret and performance to celebrate LGBT History Month!
This month we will be marking LGBT History month with two special events alongside some other programming treats.  On Monday prepare to be dazzled and entertained with the fantastic King Frankie Sinatra hosting our Open Mic at 6 pm before our Drag En Le Café evening of cabaret from 7 pm with the amazing line up of Rhys Hollis, Mzz Kimberley and Elvis Press-Me and compère beyond compare, King Frankie!

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28th January 2019

This Month at The Dragon Café – Start Well in 2019

Celebrating Storytelling – This Monday from 7 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday we’ll end the month with stories to inspire and entertain.
At 2 pm we welcome members of the Afrikan Heritage Writers Group performing pieces from their newly published anthology One Hundred Year Unheard as a part of the 2019 National Story Telling Festival. This publication is a collection of new poetry and prose based on the likely experiences of women of Afrika and the Diaspora, left behind when their husbands, sweethearts, sons, brothers and other male folk, went off to fight for desperate armies on one side or the other, of the First Great War. At 6.30 pm the storytelling will be in song with a wonderful Mood Movie that is guaranteed to raise your spirits – a modern British feel-good classic that I would definitely walk 500 miles to see!

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21st January 2019

This Month at The Dragon Café – Start Well in 2019

Body & Mind – This Monday from 7 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday let’s continue to Start Well with activity to relax and energise body and mind. Massage-Works is available every week. Book in on the day for a free fifteen minute massage or reflexology taster with preference given to those who didn’t have one the previous week. Get up on your feet and move your body with Dance-Works, always fun and welcoming. End your day with Yoga with Balance Garden to find comfort in the body and peace in the mind.

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14th January 2019

This Month at The Dragon Café – Start Well in 2019

IN CHAINS – UK Premiere – This Monday from 7 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
In Chains is a short documentary that comes out of a new collaboration between artists and mental health activists ‘the vacuum cleaner’ (UK) and Hana Madness (Indonesia). The film focuses on Istana KSJ (or informally The Palace) a radical and autonomous mental health community that is rebuilding lives in West Java (Indonesia). Many of those living at KSJ have previously been subjected to a practice of shackling, chaining or confinement (known as Pasung) because of their disability, some for decades. The film is a portrait of this community and its residents, and how it works to humanise those who have been denied their humanity.

We are delighted to welcome the vacuum cleaner for a discussion following the screening and also Sam Curtis from Bethlem Gallery to connect it to their Mental Health and Justice project.

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7th January 2019

This Month at The Dragon Café – Start Well in 2019

Start Well in 2019 – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday we welcome the New Year with a day of wellbeing activities for mind and body. You are invited to join any of our groups and if you haven’t tried a Restorative Gong Bath before here’s your chance! All you need do is lie (or sit) back, relax and enjoy the healing sounds of two magnificent bronze gongs, played alongside Himalayan singing bowls and other soothing percussion by Cathy Eastburn.

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24th & 31st December 2018

Stay in Touch this Christmas & New Year’s Eves

Season’s Greetings! – This Monday from 12 – 6.00 pm at The Dragon Café.
We will be open over the next two Mondays and so you can Stay In Touch with us and everyone else at the Café over this Christmas and New Year. A slightly shorter day as we’ll be closing at 6 pm but you can still enjoy Creative Writing, Singing, Dancing, Chess, Art Space, Open Mic, tasty vegetarian food from our kitchen and art on the walls.

If we don’t see you over the next couple of weeks, then we wish you all a peaceful and joyful end to the year and hope to see you in 2019.

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17th December 2018

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

Sing your Song, Tell your Tale – This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday evening we are delighted to host the rescheduled 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. Our musical duo will also get us in the festive mood, ending the night with some Christmas Carols to sing our way into the season.

Earlier in the day there is lots happening including the chance to make a festive winter wreath for your home in the ArtSpace; hear from Eli about his herbal tea entrepreneurship with Cuppa Love; and Grace will be giving us an update on the finances of the charity and let us know how our fundraising is going.

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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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