CLONAKILTY will be the venue for a festival of goodwill on July 20th to 22nd celebrating Random Acts of Kindness.

All kinds of selfless acts will be performed to cheer others up with the view to promoting positivity. Businesses, bands, artists, community groups, families and individuals are quickly signing up to get involved to spread the festive cheer.

They are providing volunteers, events and resources to help the running of the festival.

Events already confirmed include flash mobs, street performances, face painting, safari tours, open-air music, a fancy dress night out, a ‘Jungle’ picnic and the list keeps growing.

A number of activities have been organised in association with local groups and projects including ‘Jungle City’, Clonakilty Macra and Clonakilty Favour Exchange. Jungle City is the project involving the 24 sculptures of endangered animals brightly painted by local and international artists, while Clonakilty Favour Exchange is a new initiative which is a skills and labour exchange system.

Speaking to festival committee members Ger O’Donovan and Noel Crowley, both members of Clonakilty Macra, they said: “We wanted to do something in the community, for the community.

“We’re giving people the opportunity to do something, no matter how small, for the greater good of others.

“They can express their creativity, showcase their goodwill and spread positivity. The great thing about this festival is that everyone can contribute to a sense of fun and happiness in the town, creating a special atmosphere for both locals and tourists.

“The festival will be the perfect chance for people to get a sense of the character of the town. Everyone is very positive and we have lots of groups signing up.”

Anyone can get involved and register with the festival as part of the weekend.

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