What’s it like to be blind? Most of us probably can’t even imagine it, so the ‘London Without Limits’ festival has arranged a load of blindfolded events to help us try and understand. From blind dining to blind wine tasting and blind running, there’s loads going on and it’s all to help ‘beat the lonely reality of childhood sight loss’. Wine tasting for a good cause? We’re in!
Today also sees The Inner Vision Orchestra play a London gig as part of its UK tour. This season there’s loads going on, so we’ve picked out a few of our favourites to help you decide.
Dancing in the Dark
No chance of getting annoyed with people blocking your view at this gig. International beatboxer Shlomo, Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton and choir London Contemporary Voices are kicking off the festival with a blindfolded gig. It’s free (but a donation is recommended) all you need to do is enter the ballot to win tickets.
Free, Thursday September 25, Islington Metalworks, 7 Torrens Street, EC1V 1NQ.
Blind food tasting at Island Grill
Does the loss of one sense mean the heightening of another? Will wearing a blindfold make your food extra tasty? Island Grill will be offering a blind food tasting experience with meals for the next few moths so you can go and find out.
Monday September 29 until Sunday November 2, Island Grill, Lancaster Terrace, W2 3PF.
This blindfolded 10k or 5k run is a fun way to fundraise for blind toddlers. Yes, it may sound near impossible, but don’t panic, runners are in pairs so one of you (preferably the non blindfolded runner) will be guiding the other. So no, you won’t fall into the canal. Sign up here.
Sunday November 2, 10am, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST.
Buy a limited edition blindfold for London Without Limits here.
Inner Vision Orchestra
This group of ten blind or partially sighted musicians come from all over the globe; a sitar player from India, a Lebanese oud player, a Japanese viola player, and so the list continues. They’re a diverse range of individuals with interesting backgrounds; there is a Nigerian opera singer who sees in colour, and an Iranian singer who fled her country because singing in public is forbidden for women. Baluji Shrivastav, who founded the orchestra, has played with George Harrison and recorded for some big names including Boy George, Annie Lennox, Shakira and Massive Attack. The London gig of their UK tour is this Thursday and the audience will also be invited to the official album launch party at Rich Mix afterwards (bonus). They’ve also got a Kickstarter to fund raise for a documentary to be made of their UK tour, take a look and help them out here.
Tonight, £12, £8 concs, Thursday September 25, Richmix, 35–47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA.
By Laura Sagar
Take a look here for other great events going on this month.