Coffee in Darkness: Cafe POTMĚ Offers Guests the Opportunity to Experience the World of the Blind

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This year, for the first time, the flagship educational project Fireflies of the Czech Radio Endowment Fund will open its doors to the guests of Café POTMĚ, in Náměstí Míru in Prague.

From June 22 to July 3, Praguers will be able to enjoy the lively café bustle and authentic atmosphere while sitting in complete darkness in the company of blind and partially sighted cafe-goers.

The goal of the program is to introduce sighted guests to the world of the blind, giving them an opportunity to step into the shoes of a blind person. Guests can enjoy, among other things, musical performances, wine tastings and live broadcasts by Czech Radio stations.

In the café, customers can look forward to professional service from visually impaired staff, who will be happy to present a piece of their everyday world. Upon arrival, visitors will be welcomed and provided with the necessary instructions, then they will be turned over to guides, who will take them to the table and hand them over to their waiter.

The cafe was designed by Adéla Bačová from KOMA MODULAR, a Czech modular design firm, and the interiors were provided by IKEA.

On the opening day of Café POTMĚ (June 22), visitors can also enjoy performances by the children’s choir of the Jaroslav Ježek School and also Bár’s Bar Band, which is composed of current and former employees of Czech Radio.

On June 24 there will be another musical performance under the baton of singer Elis Mraz. The café owners will also have a special program ready for the last school day on June 30. – Kaufland refreshments will be available for schoolchildren in the morning, and an episode of Radio Junior will also broadcast live from the venue. Later that evening, there will be a wine tasting in the cafe featuring vintages from the Mikrosvín Mikulov winery.

Café POTMĚ in Prague

Admission to Café POTMĚ is 180 Kč. Tickets can be purchased on site or in advance. The café opening will be on June 22 at 2 p.m. Operating hours are every day from 9 am to 8 pm with a lunch break from 1:30 pm to 2 pm.

Proceeds from the tickets sold will go to the Světluška public collection and will help visually impaired children and adults throughout the Czech Republic to live life fully and independently.

After Prague, the program will hit the road, heading to Uherské Hradiště, Olomouc, Brno and Jihlava.

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