Burning the Clocks 2015 Invites Local Support
One super special VIP space to light the bonfire is still available as Same Sky’s Burning the Clocks 2015 crowdfunding campaign raises a third of target funds.
Brighton charity Same Sky has raised just over a third of its £6,000 crowdfunding target for Burning the Clocks 2015. The two stage Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign will help fund the annual Winter Solstice celebration and event organisers Same Sky are calling on Brighton residents to show their support for the event, which is themed around the Cosmos for 2015.
Taking place from 6.30pm on Monday 21 December 2015, the Burning the Clocks 2015 parade runs from the Brighton Dome to the seafront, features around 2,000 participants and attracts more than 20,000 onlookers.
The event’s new crowdfunding campaign already has 32 backers, who have pledged their support online in return for rewards such as personalised lanterns, VIP passes and limited edition artwork by local artist Graham Carter. The crowdfunding campaign is in response to a challenging arts funding climate for the much loved, but not fully funded Brighton event.
The privilege of leading the parade has already been snapped up following a £500 donation. Depending on the size of their donation, new investors could be rewarded with the opportunity to light the event bonfire on the beach (one available space), have a large family lantern made, receive VIP viewing tickets to watch the parade from a prime location or receive a limited edition print.
In addition to crowdfunding, each year Same Sky relies on the generosity of the general public making donations during the event, to ensure it can continue. With just a month to go until the event, the charity is calling for volunteers to help collect donations on the night. Volunteers will be required to meet on Monday 21 December, 5.30pm at the Corn Exchange and to collect donations from the crowd for the duration of the event – two and a half hours. People wanting to volunteer should get in touch via the Burning the Clocks 2015 Facebook page.
The event’s trademark lantern packs, containing construction materials and wristbands for four people to take part in the parade, are now also available to buy. Supporters can purchase the packs from Brighton Pavilion shop, The Wood Store at Preston Barracks on Lewes Road and Book Nook in Hove. More information can be found from the event’s Facebook page.
Businesses interested in getting involved with the event should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Same Sky produce Burning the Clocks, the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade and many other events in Brighton and Hove. Same Sky was set up in 1987 and creates imaginative events and workshops to strengthen communities, inspire individuals and brighten people’s lives.
Their work engages directly with the community to produce a wide range of events, combining the visual and performing arts. They act as a resource for schools and other community groups supplying information and specialist advice and a programme of master-classes, training courses and residencies.
About Burning the Clocks
Burning the Clocks first began in 1993. The event is an uplifting antidote to the excesses of a commercial Christmas. People bring the paper and willow lanterns that they’ve made to parade through the city before passing them into a huge bonfire on Brighton beach. Each lantern maker becomes a part of the show as they invest the lanterns with their wishes, hopes, and fears and then pass them into the fire.