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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 facilitated social change discussions, live music performances and breaking bread at community tables), to create innovative and imaginative positive social change (pop-up) experiences held entirely in the pitch dark, no blindfolds! The Blind Cafe is fiscally sponsored as an Artist's Project under the 501(c)1 of The Boulder County Arts Alliance, BCAA, to support The Blind Cafe's efforts to explore using the concept of engaging communities socially with the arts in 100% darkness can used as an agent for 'positive' social change.
Video: About The Blind Cafe.
LISTEN To Episode One
The Blind Cafe Experience Podcast ~ Stories from 100% Darkness!
Lead Blind Cafe staff, Richie Flores talks about putting Columbine High School, Airbnb & Social Change In 100% Darkness
Dark Chocolate, Red Wine & Puppies in 100% Darkness ...with live music, genuine social change discussion about how we can relate socially without our visual conditioning, social etiquette and without cell phones.
Our Signature Experience...
The Blind Cafe Experience
An Award Winning Positive Social Change Dinner, Discussion & Music Experience In 100% Darkness!
What is 'The Blind Cafe Experience'
The Blind Cafe Experience is award winning positive social change pop-up dinner, discussion and music experience held entirely in 100% complete darkness. Touring nationally as a pop-up social change dinner, spoken word poetry and music in the dark act with Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra, Rick Hammond and Richie Flores & the Constellation Prize. The Blind Cafe Experience currently tours to over 14 cities and is expanding. The Experiences are designed to disrupt and explore the way you see, feel, taste, touch, listen and relate socially...without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phones.
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.
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
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Who creates 'The Blind Cafe Experience'
The Blind Cafe Experience is facilitated by both sighted and legally blind staff/performing artists and social change facilitators; Rosh, Richie Flores and Rick Hammond...along with an amazing darkness production crew. The dinner experience is prepared by a local Chef. The blind awareness social change discussion/Q&A is lead by legally blind staff along with Spoken Word Poetry by Rick Hammond. The music in the dark experience is performed by Blind Cafe Performing Artists; Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra and Richie Flores.
What is The Blind Cafe story?
The Blind Cafe was started by American singer-songwriter and social entrepreneur Rosh in 2010, after attending a cafe in the dark while on tour in Reykjavik, Iceland. Inspired by the work of Chogyum Trumpa with a passion for bringing community together through his music, Rosh sought out to explore how using the concept of social engagement in 100% darkness (via breaking break in community, participating in social change discussions and experiencing live music) could help people develop more self awareness, social compassion and presence with the preciousness of being alive. Read more...
What do you mean by 'Positive' Social Change?
'Positive' Social Change for us...is using the concept of 'entertain and educate', meaning when we are feeling 'entertained' and our hearts are open, we're more receptacle to learning and taking in value info. (social awareness in our case) in a much more impactful way than we might at a lecture or speaking engagement in the light.
The Power of Socially Engagement In 100% Darkness
In 100% darkness, you are 'fully' engaged in whatever you are doing or feeling, whether that is; actively listening to music, setting your cup down carefully so you can find it again to finding yourself standing on your chair surrounded by 70 + people at your community table...giddy, laughing out loud because no one can tell what you are doing...thus others won't judge you based on their visual conditioning of what you look like, what you're wearing or if your standing or sitting on your chair!
Plus, we have dark chocolate, red wine and most often...puppies at our public events!
What's On The Horizon?
The Blind Cafe is currently partnering with several social change mission-oriented organizations and individuals to pilot new social change in the dark experiences, such as a 'Dismantling Racism In The Dark' program, 'Executive Corporate Training In The Dark' and 'The Blind Cafe ~ Music In The Dark Experience' where we'll be bringing in well-known guests artists, musicians and bands.