Burning the Clocks is a unique festival of light and art that brings the city of Brighton together to mark the Winter Solstice. The festival was created in 1994 by the award-winning community arts charity Same Sky as a way to celebrate the holiday spirit regardless of people's religious beliefs. Recently
it has adopted a totally different purpose as a rebellion against the modern day excess of Christmastime commercialism.
Leading up to the event people are encouraged to create their own unique lanterns made from willow canes or bamboo and white tissue paper. Every year the organizers come up with a different theme related to the concept of time, ensuring new and exciting lantern creations; the theme for 2013 was "The Deep" and featured artist Graham Carter, whose illustrations were used to promote the event and capture the spirit of the celebration.
Lantern making workshops are held ahead of the event for homeless youth and other disadvantaged locals. The spirit of giving is truly emphasized as volunteers encourage them to create something they can be proud of-- it's great to see this passion and sense of community united through art.
If you are looking to participate in the parade you need to purchase a lantern kit from one of the authorized outlets as the kit contains a wristband you will need for entry to the parade.
This is the original event: