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
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 crowd funding and the support of local businesses to make sure Burning the Clocks can go ahead each year.
Burning the Clocks Limited edition prints by Graham Carter are on sale now for 2013 – 2016, visit the Boxbird gallery website by clicking here to purchase.
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
Coming to the event and how it started...
Revisit the sights from past Burning the Clocks...
Support Burning the Clocks and take part in the event...