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We create inspiring and impactful positive social change experiences in 100% darkness!

For Corporations, Colleges, High Schools, Private Groups, Non-Profit Fundraisers and for the public as community awareness via the Arts & Entertainment and for Live Music Fans.

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.
— ~ Austinot Magazine

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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

What is The Blind Cafe? 

The Blind Cafe is a fiscally sponsored positive social change organization, that uses the concept of engaging community through the Arts ( via mindful social change discussions, live music/spoken word performances and sharing food socially ) in 100% darkness to create innovative and imaginative positive social change (pop-up) experiences held entirely in the pitch dark, no blindfolds! 

What is The Blind Cafe Experience

Our signature event 'The Blind Cafe Experience' is an award winning positive social change pop-up dinner, blind awareness discussion and live music experience held entirely in 100% darkness. No blindfolds! Touring nationally in over 14 cities and expanding, the experiences are designed to change the way you see, feel, taste, listen and relate socially literally breaking bread with others, to experiencing live music and in community social change discussions...without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phones.  

The Experience is facilitated by both legally blind awareness ambassadors and sighted staff. The social dinner is prepared by a local Chef and the music in the dark experience is performed by Blind Cafe Performing Artists: Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra and Richie Flores. The Spoken Word Poetry is performed by Rick Hammond.

Video: About The Blind Cafe.

 

What is our story? 

The Blind Cafe was started by American singer-songwriter and social entrepreneur Rosh in 2010 to explore how experiencing live music and navigating the social dynamics of breaking bread with others in total darkness, could help people relate with themselves and others with more presence, self awareness and empathy. While creating the first Blind Cafe Experience, Rosh met Rick Hammond, a legally blind...Read More.

 

Let's Dream & Create Positive Social Change In Our Communities!  

 We love collaborating with Theater, Dance Companies, Artists, Social Justice and Social Change Organizations. We're passionate about exploring and expanding how we can continue to initiate positive social change using the arts via 100% pure premium organic Blind Cafe darkness! We can't wait to hear from you!

Below is a dance performance piece created by The Eastside Dance Collective & Ballet Belevue in Seattle, WA | Note: The Blind Cafe Experience is held in 100% darkness, No Blindfolds!)

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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

Our signature event 'The Blind Cafe Experience' is an award winning positive social change dinner, blind awareness discussion and live music experience held entirely in 100% darkness. No blindfolds! The Experience is facilitated by both sighted & legally blind staff and are designed to change the way you see, feel, taste and relate to your world...without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phones. 

 
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

There are three components to The Blind Cafe Experience: 

A Social Dinner Experience In The Dark

What's on the menu? Community... locally sponsored (vegan & gluten-free) friendly food, dark chocolate, good friends, inspiring stories, live music and meaningful conversation all in the dark. We hire a local professional Chef in each city to help design the menu encouraging them to connect with local farms, locals business’s and build relationships in the community. We source, as much as possible, the food we serve from local farms and business’s relying largely on donations from the community.


A Discussion In The Dark

In our award winning community awareness discussion, you will participate in a group discussion Q & A,  between the audience ( you ) and our amazing warm heart felt legally blind keynote speakers & ambassadors. They will share their personal stories with you and you will have the chance to learn,  ask questions, and discuss blindness in the dark with the entire room all paying attention.


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A Music Performance In The Dark

Ever wonder what it like to experience a live music performance in complete pitch darkness? Blind Cafe Music Productions brings one of the most emotionally powerful music listening experiences possible.  These unique and intimate performances bridge the gap between the artist and their audience as they're empowered to participate in an active music listening experience, in the complete and total pitch dark! Learn what it was like to experience live music without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cells phones.


 
 

2017 / 2018 Blind Cafe Experience Tour Schedule

 

     What is your story? 

The Blind Cafe was started by American singer-songwriter and social entrepreneur Rosh in 2010 to explore how...experiencing live music and navigating the social dynamics of breaking bread with others in total darkness, could help people relate with themselves and others with more presence, self awareness and empathy. 

While creating the first Blind Cafe Experience, Rosh met Rick Hammond, a legally blind Spoken Word Artist from Portland, OR, who joined forces to initiated the 'blind awareness social change discussion' component of the experience. Read more of Our Story...