Andrej Bucko with with David Simmonds (image courtesy of Andrej Bucko)

A SBS exclusive interview with David Simmonds, the facilitator of the Dialogue in the Dark from Melbourne Docklands. Dialogue in the Dark is an experience in total darkness. You are led by blind guides and learn to interact by relying on other senses. A reversal of roles is created: people who can see are taken out of their familiar environment. Blind guides provide them with orientation through every day experiences in a world without pictures. Started 1989 in Germany by Andreas Heinecke, who should visit Melbourne in November 2017. After 27 years Dialogue in the Dark operates in 40 countries. Australia became the 40th on 1st June 2017 in Harbour Town Docklands, Melbourne. The permanent exhibition with tours and workshops was opened by Melbourne Lord of Mayor Robert Doyle and Guide Dogs Australia CEO Karen Hayes. This project brings jobs and life to blind people but also a lot of human qualities, social inclusion and appreciation for people with the vision. David Simmonds talks about the beginning of operations, first results, his experience and importance of such a Dialogue. This exhibition aims to open every day Australians eyes in the dark, showing that a world without sight is not poorer, just different.

Listen to the interview here

Originally published on SBS Slovak