The Burning the Clocks parade returns to Brighton on the 21 Dec, bringing the city together once again with its festival of light, shadow and colour to mark the shortest day of the year.
In the unique community event created by local charity Same Sky to offer an uplifting antidote to the commercial side of Christmas, thousands of Brighton and Hove residents gather to craft their own paper and willow lanterns, invested with their individual wishes, hopes and fears. The lantern makers then proceed through the city from 6.30pm, finally delivering them to a blazing bonfire on Brighton Beach as a token of the year’s end – observed by over 20,000 onlookers.
To celebrate the event, Phoenix Gallery are hosting a free Burning the Clocks family day – Let’s Travel to the Moon and Beyond – on Sun 20 Dec, for children aged from birth to six years to engage with the parade lanterns in a set of exciting workshops. In this popular day out, children can explore the cosmic-themed play space and let their imaginations blast off as they partake in thrilling activities to inspire and educate them on this year’s theme: the Cosmos. Running from 10am to 4pm, the event is free to attend and requires no booking – just turn up at the gallery on the day.
Residents wanting to take part in the annual Burning the Clocks parade can still buy lantern packs containing construction materials for two “Cosmos”-themed lanterns and four wristbands from the Brighton Pavilion shop, The Wood Store at Preston Barracks on Lewes Road and Book Nook in Hove. Same Sky have already announced the sun will be the effigy burnt for the finale of Burning the Clocks 2015; spectators can also expect to see an accompaniment of stars, rockets and constellations.
Those wishing to support the event can donate through the online crowdfunding campaign here, or donate on the night. All contributions go towards supporting this year’s Burning the Clocks.