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Dragon Cafe celebrates St George with East meets West parade

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The Dragon Cafe - an arts and creative project which operates from the crypt of St George the Martyr church every Monday - celebrated the eve of St George's Day this week with a range of colourful events.

Dragon Cafe celebrates St George with East meets West parade
Dragon Cafe celebrates St George with East meets West parade
Dragon Cafe celebrates St George with East meets West parade

The Dragon Cafe is an initiative of Mental Fight Club and is intended to be a safe, open and creative space to explore mental illness, recovery and wellbeing.

Open to all, it offers a lively programme of arts and health activities and serves healthy, affordable food every Monday.

The Dragon Cafe was first piloted a year ago on St George's Day and began a year-long residency at St George the Martyr in October 2012 with support from the Maudsley Charity and the Big Lottery Fund.

Monday's programme for the eve of St George's Day included a Dragon Quest led by John Constable and Katy Nicholls: a guided walk with clues to seek out the many depictions of dragons and St George to be found in the locality.

Later in the afternoon two huge dragons met in the Tabard Street piazza and and danced around St George the Martyr church to the sounds of samba by Bloco Maluco, plus Chinese musicians and dancers from the Confucius Institute at London South Bank University.

The evening lineup included folk music and a talk by Dr Sam Riches, a leading expert on St George and the many traditions inspired by his story.

• Find out about the Dragon Cafe at www.dragoncafe.co.uk

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