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  • 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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We hope you all had a fantastic night at Burning the Clocks 2015 and we would like to thank everyone who supported our online crowd funding campaign, everyone who donated on the night and to all the lovely parade participants who purchased one of our lantern kits, without your support Burning the Clocks wouldn’t have survived this last year. 

Thank you to Brighton and Hove council and our regular sponsor The University of Brighton. Also massive thanks to ACA Scaffolding , Boho Gelato Italian Ice Cream, The Book Nook, Brighton Dome, Fugu PR, Graham Carter, h2 Organisation, Hisbe Food,  The Pavilion Shop, Select Security, St Johns Ambulance, Sussex Police, The Unitarian Church and Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project.

Also to our artistic collaborators Rosaria Gracia Dance_Project Management_Research, Jamie Sturrock, Paul Harrington and Jo Coles, Alex Mann, Bec Britain, Brightfire Pyrotechnics. The Woodcraft folk, Brighton School of Samba, Barulho, Euphoria, Guides, Maracatu, Spiritus and Varndean Samba.

Burning the Clocks is a unique community event created by Same Sky that brings the whole city together to mark the shortest day. Local people make their own paper and willow lanterns and after processing 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.  We will announce our crowdfunding campaign for this year in Oct 2016.

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.

The Burning the Clocks 2015 Limited Edition Print ‘The Cosmos’ by local artist Graham Carter is on sale now, for more info and to see this stunning print, click here.

Burning the Clocks takes place on the 21st of December each year.

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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