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Welcome to The  Blind Cafe Experience

We create inspiring and impactful positive social change experiences held in 100% darkness, no blindfolds!

There is something about engaging in organic conversation in a room full of strangers who can’t see each that instills a sense of community along the group. At the end, a candle is lit and it feels as if your waking up from a collective dream, that you somehow shared with everyone around you.
— Hayley Besecker | 7 x 7 Magazine SF

The Blind Cafe supports the METAS program to help educate and empower blind students in Mexico!

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                                                 What is The Blind Cafe? 

The Blind Cafe is a fiscally sponsored 'positive social change' organization that uses the concept of engaging people socially in 100% darkness, via the arts & entertainment, to create innovative and imaginative social impact (pop-up) experiences held entirely in the pitch dark, no blindfolds! The Blind Cafe has no brick & mortar location, but tours & travels popping up in different cities as well as private events. 

 

What's The Story Behind The Blind Cafe? 

The Blind cafe was started by Rosh, an American singer-songwriter, who attended a dark cafe in Reykjavik, Iceland while on tour in 2007. After engaging socially in the dark, he designed an intimate music listening and dinner experience idea, to be held in 100% darkness with music performed by his band Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra and Dinner prepared by local Chef or local Thai restaurant. In 2010, Rosh met Rick Hammond, a blind poet and Richie Flores, a blind singer-songwriter and invited them to contribute to the experience and that's how the blind awareness Q&A became part of the program. And so the Experience summing up of a Dinner, a Social Change Discussion & Live Music performance...facilitated by legally blind staff....completed The Blind Cafe Experience. 

About Our Fiscal Sponsor

The Blind Cafe is fiscally sponsored under the 501(c)3 of the Boulder County Arts Alliance, which is dedicated to providing professional development to the arts community through its programming and services. With BCAA as the fiscal sponsor, The Blind Cafe can apply for grants from foundations and such, as well as receive tax deductible donations to welcome support the growing costs of this most epic and heart-connected experience. 

 

About Our Fiscal Sponsor 

100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The Blind Cafe.

Here’s how you’ll help The Blind Cafe

100% of what you pay goes directly to The Blind Café's fiscal sponsor The Boulder County Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization that redistributes 95% of the funds to The Blind Café to continue bringing positive social impact experiences to people worldwide. The dollars you spend on this experience go straight back to the Blind Café Experience's ecosystem.

We use the funds to pay for our event production costs, for creating meaningful work opportunities for both our sighted and blind staff and to support our Blind Café Performing Artists, Richie Flores ( a blind singer-songwriter ), Rick Hammond (a blind Spoken Word Poet) and Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra ( a singer songwriter with female vocals and orchestral strings / guest musicians accompaniment when available ).

The Blind Café is nationally touring pop-up experience, of which it's social impact discussions not only help bridge the gap between the sighted and blind community but explores addressing social issues in the dark, such as dismantling racism, discrimination awareness and reconnecting live music fans with appreciating music without distractions of visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phones.

So your support will help us bring The Blind Café Experience (and the social impact it creates) around the world.

"In the dark it doesn't matter if your black or white, tall or short...blind or sighted. There is something magical about sharing a community experience without knowing what skin color or style dress your table mates have." 

 

"The Blind Cafe Music In The Dark Experience is something that gives music freaks a completely new way to enjoy and appreciate live music, kind of the same way that MTVs Unplugged did back in the day… but Concerts in the Dark, makes Unplugged seem like child’s play."

— The Marquee, Colorado's Best Live Music Magazine

"In a culture addicted to multi-tasking, with images and stimuli flashing in our faces non-stop, this one-of-a-kind sensory experience forces attendees to be fully present. They’re forced to connect with those around them, despite the darkness, in an unfamiliar, emotionally powerful way."

~ Quote from the Austinot Magazine

 

“The Blind Cafe bridges gaps between the sighted and the blind. I enjoy sharing how I do things, and educating my community how it’s really okay to be blind."

~ Blind Facilitator Yolanda from the Austin Blind Cafe Experience.

 

 

 

 The Blind Cafe Experience

A Dinner, Music and Positive Social Change Discussion In The Dark!

Upcoming Shows:

A Seattle Valentine's Blind Cafe Experience - Feb. 8 - 10, 2018 (Tickets)

Airbnb / San Francisco Blind Cafe Experience - Feb 14 - 16, 2018 (Tickets)

The Boulder Blind Cafe Dinner & Music In The Dark Experience @ E-Town - March 14, 16 & 17, 2018 (Tickets)

(Announce event dates soon for PDX, ATX, Chicago, NYC, San Diego, LA & Dallas)

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~ Katy Perry In The Dark ~  The MileHighTEDx Blind Cafe Experience! ~  

 
 
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Join us in the dark at our signature experience

The Blind Cafe Experience

An Award Winning Positive Social Change Dinner, Discussion & Music Experience In 100% Darkness!

The Blind Cafe Music In The Dark Experience is something that gives music freaks a completely new way to enjoy and appreciate live music, kind of the same way that MTVs Unplugged did back in the day… but Concerts in the Dark, makes Unplugged seem like child’s play.
— — The Marquee, Colorado's Best Live Music Magazine
 
 

What is The Blind Cafe Experience? 

The Blind Cafe Experience is an award winning positive social change dinner, discussion and music in the dark experience held entirely in 100% darkness, no blindfolds! You will literally break bread over a 3-course dinner served family-style, engage in a social impact Q&A with legally blind staff and lose yourself to an intimate live music listening experience...all in 100% pure, certified organic Blind Cafe Darkness! 

Watch This Short Intro to The Blind Cafe Video!

 
 
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2018 Blind Cafe Experience Tour Dates

 Next Shows:

A Seattle Valentine's Blind Cafe Experience - Feb. 8 - 10, 2018 (Tickets)

Airbnb / San Francisco Blind Cafe Experience - Feb 14 - 16, 2018 (Tickets)

The Boulder Blind Cafe Dinner & Music In The Dark Experience @ E-Town - March 14, 16 & 17, 2018 (Tickets)

(We'll announce event dates soon for PDX, ATX, Chicago, NYC, San Diego, LA & Dallas)

The Blind Cafe supports METAS! 

For 2018, The Blind Cafe will be contributing a portion of proceeds from our public and private Blind Cafe Experiences to METAS! The Blind Cafe supports the METAS program to help educate and empower blind students in Mexico!