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Burning The Clocks 2012


21st Dec 2012
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Madeira Drive
Madeira Drive, Brighton , East Sussex BN2 United Kingdom
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Burning the Clocks, Brighton 2012Burning The Clocks is a wonderful community celebration combining a family solstice parade with a high quality fire show and fireworks display. Burning the Clocks celebrates the shortest day of the year. A fabulous procession of paper and willow lanterns makes its way through the city centre, and all are burnt on the beach adjacent to Madeira Drive, as a token for the end of the year.  This is a hugely popular community event, attracting thousands of visitors each year.

For almost two decades, the event has been lighting up the streets of Brighton with local residents parading the paper and willow lanterns they’ve made through the city, before passing them into a huge bonfire on the beach. The coming year is then ushered in with a dazzling fire show during which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky.

Same Sky, Brighton’s community art charity, created the event to act as an antidote to the excesses of the commercial Christmas and as a way for the people of Brighton to celebrate the festive season, regardless of faith or creed. Over 20,000 spectators now turn out to watch the 2,000-strong parade and take part in this unique tradition.

This year’s Burning the Clocks will be particularly special as it will celebrate Same Sky’s 25th year of existence. The charity, which also produces the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade, was set up in 1987 on the Moulsecoomb estate and, ever since, has been creating imaginative events and workshops to strengthen communities, inspire individuals and brighten people’s lives.

From 6.30pm onwards.

The parade will leave at 6.30pm. The front of the parade is expected to arrive at Madeira Drive at 7.15pm and the event to finish at 8pm. Please note all times are approximate.

The parade route will be: North Street, Ship Street, Bartholomews, East Street and Madeira Drive. For the best viewing position, go straight to Madeira Drive and watch the parade arrive. Please do not wait in New Road to watch the parade as this is the assembly zone for 1000 participants and there is no space for audience!

Disabled audience members will have access to the participants viewing area. On arrival at Madeira Drive, ask a steward to direct you or follow the parade to the finale site gates.

The organisers politely ask you not to bring home-made lanterns to the event. They are required to check every lantern, and unchecked home-made versions compromise safety. For this reason, Same Sky offer Lantern kits, and workshops to allow you to make safe lanterns. There are also volunteering opportunities if you want to get involved in making something larger.

For further information, please visit www.samesky.co.uk

Please visit the charity’s crowdfunding campaign for Burning the Clocks, to help support it’s continued existence: www.buzzbnk.org/burningtheclocks