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Why will Bratislava Castle go dark?

Slovakia joins Earth Hour.

(Source: Courtesy of WWF Slovensko)

Slovakia will join the world largest event to protect the planet, Earth Hour for the ninth time. This year the event is taking place under the slogan #Connect2Earth. On Saturday, March 24, Bratislava will switch off its landmarks from 20:30 until 21:30. Other cities including Trenčín, Prievidza, Žilina, Košice and Humenné will join in too.

“Cities, institutions and companies express by this symbolic gesture their support for environmental protection and inspire people to live in a more responsible way with more respect for nature,” Miroslava Plassmann, director of WWF Slovensko said, as cited in a press release. “Earth Hour reminds us that not just for one time per year but each minute, day and week we can be more considerate to our planet and that we can behave in an environmentally friendly way.”

In Bratislava the Earth Hour programme will start on Primaciálne Square at 18:00 featuring a music band beating drums made from waste, competitions for children, creative workshops where children will learn to make animals from waste and more.

Exactly at 20:30, the lights on the square will switch off. The square will be lit only by a fire show by the Dreamdancers. Moreover, Bratislava Castle and the presidential palace will switch off their lights.

Other landmarks in Slovakia that will go dark include the St Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice, St Martin Cathedral in Bratislava, castles in Trenčín, Bojnice and Spiš and more.

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