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Welcome to The Blind Cafe Experience!

We create award-winning positive social impact experiences held in 100% darkness, no blindfolds!

For both public & private/corporate audiences worldwide.

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Our Mission…

Our mission is to transform the quality of how people relate to themselves and others. By engaging people socially in 100% darkness, without the distractions of visual conditioning, social etiquette, and cell phones, we’re exploring how we impact ourselves and others.

There is something about engaging in organic conversation in a room full of strangers who can’t see each other that instills a sense of community among the group. At the end....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

Join us for one of our upcoming signature programs….

~ The Austin Blind Cafe Experience ~

Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2019

~ The Valentine’s Seattle Blind Cafe Experience ~

Feb 14 - 16, 2019

~ The Boulder Blind Cafe Experience ~

Feb 28 - March 2, 2019

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                                      What is The Blind Cafe Experience?

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

Watch This Short Intro to The Blind Cafe Video!

 
 
“Working with the Blind Cafe is an incredible experience. We left not only full from an amazing meal, but also inspired by the work that the Blind Cafe does. Thank you so much for all that you do!
— Airbnb Executive Team

Latest News & Magic Moments!

~ Your Blind Cafe Magic Moment! ~

 
 
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Music in the dark by

Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra

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's been happening in the dark!

 
 

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 live music listening and dinner experience held in 100% darkness. The experience is designed to help break down social barriers through the act of ‘breaking bread' in community. The music performed by his band 'Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra' & other featured musical guests is a ‘music listening’ experience, designed to allow guests to open up and experience music in a way they never have before.

In 2010, Rosh met Rick Hammond, a legally blind poet, and Richie Flores, a legally blind singer-songwriter. He invited them to contribute to the experience, and thus the the blind awareness/social impact Q&A portion of the program was born. Facilitated by our legally Blind Staff… The Blind Cafe Experience is composed of of three parts… the social impact discussion, the community dinner, and the music listening experience. and discussion completed The Blind Cafe Experience. 

 

"Watch"...Rosh's first experience in 100% darkness in Iceland!

Rosh's first experience in the dark in 2007 when he walked into a cafe in the dark in Reykjavik, Iceland. (This film is all BLACK because he was filming and talking into the camera in the dark while in the dark )

 

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 help support the growing costs of this most epic and heart-connected experience. 

Did you know?  

By supporting The Blind Cafe (via purchasing tickets to our shows, hiring us for a private event or making a donation), we are able to create meaningful work opportunities for both our blind and sighted staff and support our growing roster of Performing Artists.  

For most arts organizations, theater groups and musical acts, tickets sales only cover a small percentage of the costs of bringing you the arts, education & entertainment you love! We appreciate your support in helping us pay our production and operating costs! 

Your support also helps us innovate new and powerful social impact in the dark experiences that can provide value, connection, and a better understanding of ourselves and others. One of these programs is our Dismantling Racism program currently being piloted in Boulder, CO. 

We love our sponsors!


~ Oregonic Tonic ~

Brewed, bottled, and capped by family
in Portland, OR.

Delicious, bold kombucha brewed with high-quality, locally sourced ingredients, creativity, and passion. Each of their small-batch brews has a character of its own, and that's how we feel it should be.

~ CommuniTea Kombucha~

Very simple, very real!

This is a very special kombucha ~ nothing added, nothing taken away! No added fruit juices or sugar, and the naturally occurring alcohol remains. Cultured from organic green tea, it brightens the spirit… and pairs well with meals in the dark!

You must be 21+ to consume this kombucha.

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!