For over two decades Burning The Clocks (organised by Same Sky) has seen a wonderful array of colourful lanterns and art displays on a parade through the streets of Brighton during the winter solstice (21 Dec). But with ever increasing public health risks and government announcements, this year sees a different approach with several lanterns displayed in shop windows – to create a more social distanced casual trail for all to enjoy.
“The current Covid-19 restrictions have made it impossible for us to produce the annual parade and fire show for Burning The Clocks, but that hasn’t stopped us creating some seasonal lantern cheer and a Brighton lantern trail for 2020.
“Our artists are currently creating a set of iconic BTC lanterns to display in 12 of Brighton’s independent shop windows, celebrating the 12 key aspects that make up our much loved Burning the Clocks event, such as fireworks, samba and dancing. The lanterns will form a trail to follow through Brighton’s centre, close to the usual path of the parade.
“We’ll be sharing the creative processes of the artists as they create these bespoke lanterns over the next few weeks on our Burning the Clocks facebook page and the final lanterns can also be purchased from the shop on our website. People can also buy a new 2020 special edition print from our regular artist and supporter Graham Carter.
“For those missing their involvement in the parade, we are also designing
a simple lantern pack that people can make and hang in their window to mark the winter solstice on 21st December and show their support for Brighton’s wonderful civic events and festivals. All proceeds will go to support the future of BTC in these uncertain times.
“This year’s alternative Burning the Clocks winter trail has been made possible thanks to the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which was confirmed last week.
“This is an exciting and safe alternative to our regular Brighton event, something that everyone in the city can get involved in, and we hope to return to the regular parade next year!”