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What is The Blind Cafe?
The Blind Cafe is a fiscally sponsored 'positive social change' organization, started by singer-songwriter 'Rosh' & his band The Blind Cafe Orchestra, as a music & social change experience held in total darkness to explore deeper connect with self, others and with the arts. The Blind Cafe explores how by use the concept of engaging people socially with arts and entertainment in 100% darkness, as a positive social change agent, to create innovative and imaginative social impact (pop-up) dinner & live music experiences, held entirely in the pitch dark, no blindfolds!
The Blind Cafe offers both public and private social impact experiences held in 100% darkness, designed to help break down social barriers and help people relate to themselves and others, without the distraction of our visual conditioning, social etiquette and our cells phones.
Blind Cafe Experience's are facilities by both sighted and legally blind staff engaging the audiences with live music, the breaking of bread at large community tables and with facilitated discussions covering social impact areas such as blind awareness, active music listening and dismantling racism.
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!
New Tour Dates
Austin Blind Cafe ~ September 12 - 14, 2018 | Get Tickets!
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!
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?
The Blind Cafe is fiscally sponsored under the 501(c)3 of the Boulder County Arts Alliance. Donations made through our fiscal sponsor are tax deductible.
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!
By supporting The Blind Cafe ( via purchasing tickets to our shows, hiring us for a private event or making a donation ) 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 operating and production costs, for creating meaningful work opportunities for both our sighted and blind staff and to support our growing roster of 'Blind Café Performing Artists'; Richie Flores, Rick Hammond, Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra, Dango Rose of Elephant Revival.
Also, your support helps us innovate new and powerful social impact in the dark experiences that can directly provide value, connection and better understanding of ourselves and others. For instance, our Dismantling Racism In The Dark program we are piloting 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!