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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.

Burning the Clocks needs your support, come long and get involved this year and help us celebrate. We can make you a personalised lantern, you can join us on the beach, get VIP viewing tickets, carry  a large family lantern, light the bonfire or you could make a one off donation to support our unique winter event. Click here to have a look at our Buzzbnk page.

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

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!!

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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