When: 21st December 2013 from 6.30pm
Where: Brighton, East Sussex
£: Free to watch. To take part in the parade you will need to buy a lantern kit costing £20, the kit will include a wristband for the parade.
What is it?
This year will be the 21st annual Burning the Clocks community event in Brighton. The event takes place on the winter solstice with a fantastical procession bringing magic to the streets. The parade of luminous lanterns attracts around 2,000 participants and over 20,000 spectators.
Held on the shortest day (or longest night) of the year, this growing tradition marks the passing of time by ‘burning the clocks’ and welcoming in the new sun. This popular event aims to turn the spotlight away from the more commercial side of Christmas and light up the darkest of winter nights.
Burning the Clocks was created by Same Sky in 1994 as a way for the whole community to enjoy the festive season, regardless of faith or creed. Each year a new theme, related to the concept of time, is incorporated into the event to bring new and exciting elements.
The theme for this year is Urbano – The City and communities, families and artists will be making fantastic lit buildings, imaginary, improbable or just downright impossible!
On the 21st December, the parade will leave from New Road at 6.30pm and arrive at Madeira Drive at approximately 7.15pm. The parade route will include North Street, Ship Street and East Street, before reaching the seafront and Madeira Drive for the finale. For the finale, the lanterns are passed onto a bonfire and a fireshow begins.
The handmade paper and willow lanterns from the parade are filled, symbolically, with the hopes and dreams of the participants. The event should finish at around 8pm. Spectators can view the fireshow from Madeira Drive and the Upper Terrace on Marine Parade. Please be aware that the finale will contain loud music and pyrotechnics.
This year, for the first time, Same Sky and Brilliant Brighton will be bringing a lantern trail across the city throughout December and into the New Year.
Same Sky is a community project that relies on help from local businesses and members of the public. Get involved with the Burning the Clocks event by making a donation, sponsoring projects, becoming a Friend, or volunteering your time.
More info: www.samesky.co.uk/events/burning-the-clocks