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What is The Blind Cafe Experience?
The Blind Cafe Experience creates inspiring and impactful positive social change experiences held in 100% darkness, no blindfolds! The Blind Cafe is a 'pop-up' dinner, discussion and live music experience where guests will break bread in community, engage in a social impact Q&A with legally blind staff, and lose yourself to an intimate live listening concert held in 100% pure, certified organic darkness!
Watch This Short Intro to The Blind Cafe Video!
Music in the dark by
Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra
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 dinner, designed to help break down social barriers through the 'act of breaking bread' in community and the music performed by his band 'Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra' with other featured musical guests.
In 2010, Rosh met Rick Hammond, a legally blind poet and Richie Flores, a legally blind singer-songwriter and invited them to contribute to the experience and that's how the blind awareness / social impact Q&A became part of their signature program, Blind Cafe Experience ~ An award winning positive social change discussion, dinner & music in the dark experience. Facilitated by legally blind staff to lead the social impact discussion, the three part dinner, music and discussion completed The Blind Cafe Experience.
"Watch"...Rosh's first experience in 100% darkness in Iceland!
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.
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!