Burning of The Clocks Festival

Published On December 3, 2013 | By Tom Sayer | Archive

21st December, 6:30pm
City Centre to Madeira Drive

This year we celebrate the 19th Anniversary of the Brighton-based festival, the Burning of the Clocks. This annual celebration of the winter solstice features a procession of willow and tissue paper lanterns and costumes which work their way through the city centre to the seafront, where there is a bonfire accompanied by spectacular fireworks. This secular ritual symbolizes the end of the year and offers a light relief from the commercial Christmas crises which most of us experience each year. The parade is accompanied by live music from local bands, including Maracatu, Bloco Fogo and Brighton School of Samba.

Illustration by Graham Carter

Illustration by Graham Carter

The event is organised by Same Sky, a local community arts charity based in Brighton. Many of the lanterns are made by schoolchildren from the Brighton and Hove area. The theme for this year’s festival is ‘The Deep’. With over 2,000 participants and a regular attendance of over 20,000 people, this is a night not to be missed. If you would like to make a donation to the charity, there are various packages available here


Photo by Ray Gibson.

About The Writer

Tom Sayer is a Music and Creative Writing graduate from Bangor University, born and raised in Hove. After completing an MA in Composition for Film he returned to his hometown and dived back into the local music scene, seeking out the best and freshest music to write about for welovebrighton. Tom's musical interests range from Acoustic and Indie to Film Music and Jazz and he hopes to one day write for a music magazine, so feel free to send in your job offers!