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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 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.

Lantern making kits and customised lanterns are on sale now, click here for more info.

New and exciting for 2014!

This year “Burning the Clocks” comes of age at 21! So what better theme than the city itself?

We have chosen the theme ‘Urbano – The City’ because we humans are a gregarious species, and we gather together in cities where we build houses, temples, towers gardens and follies. Communities, families and artists will be making fantastic lit buildings, imaginary, improbable or just downright impossible!!

This year for the first time ever Same Sky and Brilliant Brighton bring you a trail of lanterns across the city throughout December and into the New Year.  Click here for more info and a helpful map.

We are very happy to announce that the Burning the Clocks 2014 Limited Edition Print ‘Urbano’ by local artist Graham Carter is on sale now, for more info and to see this stunning print, click here.

We are so excited about this years event and we want the whole community to enjoy and be part of this years Burning the Clocks, which needs as much support as possible.

Many are unaware that Burning the Clocks receives only a small amount of funding and we reply on the public supporting us via our buzzbnk crowd funding page and sales from lantern kits to put on this magical event. It’s become a Brighton tradition that we are all so proud of and we need your help to make this year extra special.

You could light the Burning the Clocks bonfire, have a customised lantern to carry in the parade, join us on the beach to fill the bonfire, watch from our VIP viewing area and now you can even buy a very special limited Edition Burning the Clocks print by local artist Graham Carter. There are so many fantastic ways to be involved and support this years event and you can donate online now via our Bzzbnk page and secure your place in our unique winter event. Click here to have a look at our Buzzbnk page.

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.

We can’t wait to see you all there, please show your support and we’ll send the year off with a bang.

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A massive thank you to Zara Wilkins for making this fantastic video also to Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn for the amazing Burning the Clocks song!

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