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A DEAF-BLIND THEATER, CAFE, AND BLACKOUT RESTAURANT- A UNIQUE CULTURAL AND ENTERTAINMENT CENTER IN OLD JAFFA.

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Friday, March 30th, 2012

The Nalaga’at (“please touch”) center for the deaf-blind, deaf and blind offers tourists and visitors to old Jaffa a unique and unforgettable experience. The Nalaga’at Center is a unique meeting place for the deaf, blind and deaf-blind with the wider public who engage in a dialogue between equals through an artistic and cultural experience. This experience includes the Nalaga’at theater – the first of its kind in the world – , the “Kapish” café, and the “Blackout” restaurant.

 Four different plays are currently running at the theater: the original, ground-breaking performance of “Not by Bread Alone” in which the actors bake bread on stage and the audience are invited to eat the bread at the end of the performance; “Luna Park”, the newest show at the center which took three years to bring to the stage; and two shoes suitable for children aged 5-11 – “Prince Rooster” and “Give Me a Sign!”. Deaf-blind, deaf and blind actors take the stage inviting the audience into their inner world; the world of darkness and silence. Since founding director Adina Tal first opened the Nalaga’at Center in 2002, over 200,000 tourist and visitors have enjoyed this unique experience.

 In addition to the theater, visitors can interact with the deaf and hearing-impaired waiters at Café Kapish.  The  BlackOut Restaurant,  in which dinner is served in total darkness and visitors are escorted by blind waiters, offers an unusual culinary experience.

 The “Nalaga’at” non-profit organization was established in 2002, intended for a theater group whose actors are all deaf-blind. At the core of the deaf-blind theater ensemble project, is a constant search for a unique “theatrical language” for the group, as well as the wish to take action toward increasing awareness of deaf-blind persons’ needs, in Israel and the rest of the world.

 For further information: http://www.nalagaat.org.il/