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Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Hall, Chennai

December 9th & 10th, 2023

The International Kindness Festival (IKF) 2023 aims to engage our local community and empower our youth. It's a chance for us to build a brighter future based on empathy, understanding, and acceptance.

Come, listen to thought-provoking and inspiring stories of around 40 change-makers from all over the world as they shed light on the various facets of kindness.

About IKF 2023

The International Kindness Festival is the first of its kind global festival celebrating and discussing the Science, Politics, Ethics, Practicality and beauty of kindness! It's an opportunity to gather, learn, and grow together.

Our aim is to inspire conversations, expand perceptions of kindness and empower people with tools to create real impact at a Personal, Local and Global level.

The Festival Themes

IKF 2O23 will be a deep-dive into the following broad themes

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The role & impact of STEM on Kindness (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

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Examining Kindness and Spirituality

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Teaching Kindness 

Exploring Empathy and Education

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Ideas, Philosophies & the Ethics of Kindness

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Kindness in Action

Social Activism, Social Economics & Social Investing

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Arts & Artistry

The voice of artistic license to express Kindness

What to expect

Through the inspiring stories of people’s journeys, we aim to shed light on the various facets of kindness, brainstorm how to break stereotypes, and examine unconventional notions of kindness.

IKF Structure 2023



  • Speaker Sessions

  • Interviews

  • Panel Discussions

  • Interactive Workshops

  • Open Mic



  • Exhibitor Expo

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Meet the Author / Artist corner

  • Kindness Pillar of Support



  • Experience Touchpoints

  • Kindness Gallery Wall

  • Silent Auction

  • Food Stalls

  • Performances

What sets this festival apart?

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IKF 2023 is all set to inspire and ignite impact-makers and change-makers. 

Every participant will leave with tangible tools, ideas and inspiration on how to be a Kindness Ambassador themselves - thus creating infinite ripples of goodness wherever they go!

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Special focus is placed on engaging the next generation to build a more empathetic society. 

Influence the youth to make kindness, empathy, inclusion and acceptance an everyday thing.  And also foster a culture of community, collaboration and awareness.

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Each element of this festival aims to unpack the complexity of kindness and empathy.

Spearheaded by local and global thought-leaders to enable meaningful and real conversations.

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The aim is to show that kindness can be fun and is accessible to one and all!

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IKF 2023 is an entirely non-profit event that has been ideated, curated and executed by a very large team of volunteers!

The Festival, in fact, is a collaborative effort across a wide diaspora of local community-members!

Human values can be nurtured with camaraderie in experiential and tangible ways.

Our vision is creating kinder communities everywhere.

The 2nd edition of the International Kindness Festival is an effort to create an inclusive, diverse, accessible, wide-spread and community oriented event in Chennai. The festival experience will be spread across multiple venues throughout the city, in the months leading up to the main event at Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Hall in Lady Andal School.

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The Festival Line Up


October 7th & 9th

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Interaction with Stephen McGown


An inspiring and thought provoking interactive learning session with Al Qaeda’s longest held captive on the role of empathy & resilience as a survival skill.

October 28th

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The Kindness Carnival

A fun-filled carnival spearheaded by our youth to celebrate different aspects of kindness through experiential stalls, other activities and conscious products.

November 18th

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Book Launch for Young Authors

A unique opportunity for our youth to share a piece of their soul via written and/or artistic expression with an aim to unleash the most authentic version of themselves as a superpower and a form of kindness to self. Shortlisted entries will be able to publish books, participate in a formal book release event.


December 4th - 8th

IKF Festive Week Celebrations

An opportunity for schools, colleges, hotels, restaurants, play areas & other local businesses to participate in this community-wide initiative to celebrate kindness.

Mentorship Cells

Ongoing programs specifically curated to various beneficiaries - Students, Senior Citizens, Destitute Women, Boys / Youth & more.

December 9th & 10th

IKF Main Event at Lady Andal Hall

The focus will be on the prime agenda at the main hall via talks, interviews, panel discussions, Workshops interspersed with Short Films, Performances & Energisers.

Also on campus will be areas dedicated to Speakers Lounges, Networking Opportunities, Experiences, Mini Expo & more.

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IKF 2023 Speakers

Meet the Speakers

IKF 2023 Schedule

December 9, 2023 | Venue : Sir Mutha Venkata Subba Rao Hall



9:45 am - 10:00 am

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IKF 2021


32+ Speakers

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Suresh Venkat

Event Anchor

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Abhishek Bachchan

Actor, Producer


Tim Disney



S. Gurumurthy

CA, Editor Tughlak


Stephen McGowan

Longest held Al-Qaeda captive

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