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EARTH HOUR 2017 Earth Hour unites millions of people from across the globe each year to switch off their lights for one whole hour in a symbolic display of environmental and economical awareness. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of WWF’s Earth Hour, and all over Wales preparations are being made to celebrate the cause. This year’s Earth Hour will take place on Sat 25 Mar between 8.30 and 9.30pm, so make sure to mark that down on your calendar. Last year, businesses and organisations across Wales took part in the annual event and this year that support is only expected to increase, with many of Wales’ most iconic landmarks joining the campaign. Following last year, Cynnal Cymru will again be showing their support for the campaign and turning off their lights on Sat 25. A notable recruit for 2017’s Earth Hour, meanwhile, is Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, which has also confirmed to go dark for the hour. Other places and Welsh landmarks that have pledged to participate this year campaign include St David’s Hospital (although I hope they leave the rest of the electricity on), the City Of Cardiff Council building, and Castell Coch. The WWF will also be awarding Local Authority Star badges to the councils that go the extra mile in supporting the campaign. Half of all Welsh local authorities have already signed up for the event and WWF anticipate more will to join as we draw closer to the big day. The interactive map for this year’s celebration shows all the businesses and organisations that have already signed up. So, if you’re looking to join the campaign yourselves, you can by going to the map on the WWF’s official website. Everyone from business owners, schools, and company offices to individuals sitting at home can take part in Earth Hour and show their support for our planet. WWF Cymru have also hinted at an extra 10-year anniversary event – “something very exciting for the people of Wales” to celebrate a decade of the campaign. Keep up to date with updates on the event via WWF’S social media. HODI HASSAN Earth Hour 2017, Sat 25 Mar. Info: www.wwf.org.uk/wales

CARDIFF MUSIC AWARDS This month we see the return of Cardiff’s annual music awards: the CMAs. This year will be the award’s second year honouring local talent. After receiving an overwhelming number of nominations, the final candidates have been revealed and voting has been open to the public for all categories via the Cardiff Music Awards website, with the ceremony kicking off in the Tramshed at 6.30pm on Thurs 30 Mar. Starting in 2015, the Cardiff Music Awards was a small project with no funding to speak of. Now returning for its second year, the awards promise to be bigger and better than ever. With more categories, a new nominations process and a ceremony held at a bigger venue, the Cardiff Music Awards sets out to be an unmissable event in this year’s social calendar. The awards are specifically designed to promote music in Cardiff, and the awards aim to celebrate creators and promoters of music in recognition of their hard work, as well as recognising and appreciating the music scene in the Welsh capital. By getting as many people involved as possible to collaborate on one major event to honour local artists, the awards bring more exposure and opportunities to Cardiff's wealth of musical talents. The categories for this year include: Best Group, Best Solo Act, Best Live Act, Best Breakthrough Artist, Best EP/Single, Best Album, Best Music Video, Best DJ and Best Producer. The nominees will be scored based on a combination of both the general public votes as well as being marked on criteria developed and created by the awards’ officials. For those with their tickets ready there’ll also be an after party to reflect on the night’s outcomes. And if that didn’t persuade you, your ticket includes free drinks; is there really a better way to spend your evening than with great music and an open bar? I think not. HODA HASSAN Cardiff Music Awards, Tramshed, Cardiff, Thurs 30 Mar. Tickets: £30 (includes food, two drinks and entry to afterparty). Info: www.cardiffmusicawards.co.uk

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