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An Entire Festival Dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness – #bekind Day 2014

by Elva Carri

What little kind thing will you do?


Today is the first of a two day festival dedicated entirely to random acts of kindness, ‘Clonakilty Random Acts of Kindness Festival’. It’s the third year of this special initiative in Clonakilty. This year they’re inviting you to help spread a little bit of kindness and joy, from wherever you are. The festival recently featured on RTÉ’s ‘How to be Happy’ series, where Dr. Maureen Gaffney investigated how performing simple acts of kindness can have a positive and profound effect on peoples’ general happiness.

The festival and anyone wishing to celebrate a bit of loveliness is taking to twitter for the whole of today with the #bekind hashtag. Share kind deeds you’ve done or that have been done for you. Twitter can be an excellent platform for complaining in order to change things, and celebrity tweet offs over silly things that don’t matter, but today, it’s yours to light up with the little things that will make today that little bit nicer.

Theresa O’Leary, the festival organiser has big dreams for the day, “This festival is all about spreading kindness and we want to start a chain reaction of kind acts, not just locally but globally.”  She continued “Social media is a great way of getting people from near and far involved in the festival.  We have people as far away as Vancouver planning their kind acts already.”

A number of events are planned over the course of the weekend if you happen to be in, near to or looking for a reason to road trip to Clonakilty, including the al fresco PARK (Park for Acts of Random Kindness). The PARK is based on the idea of bringing social media “back to reality” with each section of the PARK taking on a social media aspect. There’ll also be live entertainment from local musicians in a De Barras Sitting Room Session. 

A Brunch Out event is also being held, where people can bring and share food with a locally based international community and Sunday sees the return of the free BBQ family event in the Emmet Hotel and also a family fun day event on Inchydoney beach.  Other activities include pop up music performances, kindness zones, Random Acts of Drama, storytelling and much more.

We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Ready? Steady…Go!

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