Burning of The Clocks Festival
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.
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.