by Sharon Whelton

THE town of Clonakilty is set to come alive this weekend, when it hosts the inaugural Random Acts of Kindness festival.

The festival, which will take place from Friday, July 20th to Sunday, July 22nd, will centre on the motto of “Cut the misery – Spread the positivity”.

This will encourage people, businesses and organisations to spread the true sense of community and happiness throughout the locality.

All kinds of selfless acts will be performed throughout the weekend, in a bid to rid the negativity and encourage positivity.

Some of the events include street entertainment, bubble blowing, face-painting, open-air music, and much more.

A number of further activities have been organised in association with local projects and groups including Clonakilty Macra and Jungle City.

For those unfamiliar with the aforementioned Jungle City, it is a project involving the 30 sculptures of brightly painted animals, which have been completed by both local and international artists.

One of the festival organisers Ger O’Donovan explained that the group wanted to do something in the community, for the community.

“All of our events are free, fun and for all ages,” he said, “but will still be beneficial for businesses in Clonakilty.”

“We’re getting a brilliant response from everyone, from businesses and community groups to parents and the media – it really is fantastic and it’s clear that everyone wants to highlight the good work being done in the community on a weekly basis.”

Ger explained that the opening ceremony will be on Connolly Street at 6.30pm on Friday, July 20th, and all are invited to blow bubbles as a representation of the festival overall.

“It’s simple and everyone can take part” Ger continued, “When we work together, its much more impressive than working alone.”

As a further incentive, all who carry out any act of kindness will be entered into a free raffle, with prizes including day treatments at the Inchydoney Lodge and Spa and family passes to the Model Railway village.

Sponsorship is key to this festival due to the voluntary connection, and thankfully many groups and businesses have already lent their support including Fernhill House Hotel, O’Donovan’s Hotel, High Resolution, Irish Yoghurts, Clonakilty Tidy Towns to name but a few.

For more information, visit www.raokclon.com email clonmacra@gmail.com, or you can also visit both the Facebook and Twitter pages.