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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 crowdfunding and the support of local businesses to make sure Burning the Clocks can go ahead each year.

In exchange for your support we can offer a range of benefits such as exclusive hand made personalised lanterns to carry in the parade, VIP viewing tickets, The Burning the Clocks limited edition print by Graham Carter, joining us on the beach, large family lanterns and even lighting the BTC bonfire right in the heart of the action! For full details click here to visit our crowdfunding page.

Burning the Clocks lantern kits will go on sale soon and will be available from The Wood Store, Hisbe, The Royal Pavilion shop and The book Nook. We will update this page as soon as they go on sale, you can also like us on facebook for up to date info on Burning the Clocks.

News for 2017

We’re so lucky to have fantastic local artist Graham Carter supporting Burning the Clocks for the 5th year running! Graham has created another stunning limited edition print to celebrate Burning the Clocks and this years theme ‘East’ and is very kindly donating all proceeds from the sale of the prints to support this years Burning the Clocks.

Buying this beautiful print is a fantastic way to support Burning the Clocks and receive a piece of stunning art in return. Head over to our crowdfunder page to secure yours before they are all snapped up.

We’re very excited to announce that ARKA Original Funerals are sponsoring Burning the Clocks 2017.

Arka want to give back to the Brighton Community and have asked us, once more to create 25 ‘In Memory’

If you would like to take part in Burning the Clocks with one of these very special commemorative lanterns, for a loved one, please complete our form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

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.

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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Brighton & Hove City CouncilThe Chilli PickleCarterworksVisit BrightonUniversity of Brighton

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