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Burning the ClocksBurning the Clocks

  • A Brighton tradition for almost two decades

  • Held every year on the solstice - 21st December – the shortest day and longest night

  • A luminous lantern procession and spectacular fire show

  • Lantern makers think about the dreams they want to send into the fire

  • Created in 1994 by Same Sky

  • "What a great advert Burning the Clocks is for this wonderful city of ours" Bill Randall, Mayor of Brighton & Hove

  • Free lantern-making workshops are held for disadvantaged community groups in the city

  • A unique celebration of community and togetherness

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Burning the Clocks is a unique community event on the 21st of December, created by Same Sky, that brings the whole city together to mark the shortest day of the year. Local people make their own paper and willow lanterns, using our kits, and after parading through the city, they pass them into a blazing bonfire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end.

Burning the Clocks is a lively celebration of the turning of the year but also a time for reflection and thought, who are we? Where have we been? Where are we going? What do we want for our City?

Whilst Same Sky is recognised by Brighton and Hove Council for the contribution we make to the city and they are kind enough to help us with core costs, Burning the Clocks receives no guaranteed funding and so we rely on crowd funding and the support of local businesses to make sure Burning the Clocks can go ahead each year.  Our crowdfunding campaign will launch on the 1st of November and you will be able to show your support for this unique event by donating and receiving a range of rewards including, lighting the bonfire, leading the parade, personalised lanterns, joining us on the beach, large family lanterns and stunning Limited edition Burning the Clocks prints by local artist Graham Carter.

If you’d like to take part in our parade you can purchase a lantern making kit which includes wrist bands to join the parade from around Oct 2016 on wards. We will poss all the relevant info to this site as soon as it becomes available.

There are lots of lovely photos and videos up on our facebook page right now, if you’d like to have a look click here.

Burning the Clocks Limited edition prints by Graham Carter are on sale now for 2013 – 2015, visit the Boxbird gallery website by clicking here to purchase.

For event details click here.

This fantastic Burning the Clocks film was made by Jeb Hardwick
Interview sound and additional camerawork – Thom Undrell
Music – More by Nils Frahm & Abandon Window by Jon Hopkins

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