Earth Hour 2017

What went on at the Earth Hour 2017 events

On March 25th a feast of family friendly arts activities were hosted across four counties in fantastic venues: Parc Penalta, Troedyrhiw Scout Hall, Parc Bryn Bach and Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library.

Over 450 people of all ages turned out to pledge their support for the planet by joining in with earth based fun by lantern and star light. The theme of raising awareness of climate change was reflected through music, craft, poetry, stories and in switching off the electric lights to highlight the need to save energy.

Parc Penallta’s Penguin Party featured giant penguin sculptures, a book launch and a magnificent penguin parade with 250 participants carrying themed lanterns. This wound its way around the park and then up to the top of the hill to see a fire sculpture display under the stars.

In Blaenavon one of the highlights was children’s author Nicola Davies conducting of a symphony of whale sounds created by the audience. As everyone warmed up with delicious home made soup and enjoyed the amazing starlight. One Blaenavon mother enthused ‘A fantastic day all in all, lovely music everything was super’.

While over in Parc Bryn Bach a member of Coed Cae Youth Group rated the experience of light painting as ‘Epic!’. Teamwork was the order of the day as Head4Arts worked with an array of partners to jointly organise the four events including: Local Authority, leisure trust staff form Caerphilly, Merthyr, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent, Communities First teams, Libraries, Caerphilly Parent network and the Scouts.