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Are we ready for a Kindness Revolution?

Leeds’ first Festival of Kindness, Compassion and Wellbeing launches online on Sunday 6th September. There's a whole week of free events you can watch from the comfort of your own home.

With the effects of the pandemic, economic uncertainty and the issues raised by Black Lives Matter weighing on us all, there is no better time to come together to share and celebrate the hope that the many acts of kindness, taking place within our city, represent.

The festival aims to support and inspire many more people to get involved in making Leeds, and beyond, a great place to live. As one of the co-founders of the festival says, it all starts with a kindness revolution in ourselves by asking- "How can I make myself a kinder place?"

Each day of the festival week has a different theme of kindness - whether that be to each other, to our communities, to our planet, to ourselves, within businesses or within different spaces in the city. From practical tips for self-care and wellbeing, to amazing conversations around ideas of how to 'build back better', the festival includes a range of webinars, videos, new performance releases, interviews, panel discussions and challenging conversations. The festival offers a selection of just some of the many inspiring initiatives that go on in Leeds on a regular basis.

Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, will be opening the festival on Sunday 6th September at 7pm and will be followed by the author, environment and peace activist Satish Kumar, who will talk about ‘Compassion At All Levels’.

The festival runs from 6th-12th September is organized by volunteers and is supported by several partner organisations, including Leeds City Council, Voluntary Action Leeds, Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, Leeds Church Institute, Network of Wellbeing, The Heart Movement, The William Temple Foundation, Civil Society Alliance, Carnegie UK Trust, the One Leadership Movement and Caravan of Unity. For full details of all events visit kinderleeds.org and join the conversation at #KinderLeeds.

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