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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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Monday 21st December 2015

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?

We have now launched our 2015 crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and we need your help to make sure this years Burning the Clocks is as good as ever. 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’re offering unforgettable experiences on the night such as lighting the BTC bonfire, large family lanterns and unique customised lanterns to carry in the parade, VIP viewing tickets as well as limited edition BTC prints by local artist Graham Carter.  Click here to visit our Kickstarter page and support our much loved Brighton tradition.

Lantern making kits are on sale now from The Wood Store, The Book Nook and The Royal Pavilion shop. Each kit costs £22 and contains all the materials you will need to make two of our beautiful star lanterns, the kit includes four wrist bands which allow you to join our parade and gain entrance to the special viewing area on Madeira Drive to watch the fireshow.


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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