Burning the Clocks 2018

by sameskybtn in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

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On 17th December 2018 we successfully raised £5,055 with 57 supporters in 42 days

Burning the Clocks brings Brighton together to celebrate the winter solstice each year and has become a much loved tradition.

by sameskybtn in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

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Burning the Clocks needs your help once again! 

Help us ignite Brighton with an outpouring of passion, fun and fireworks to wish goodbye to the old year and usher in the new with a unique celebration of community and togetherness!

Every year on 21st December, the winter solstice, we produce this much-loved event in Brighton. Burning the Clocks combines a beautiful lantern procession through the streets of Brighton, with a spectacular fire and fireworks show, bringing the whole city together to celebrate and reflect on the past year.

Arts funding has become increasingly difficult to secure and with this in mind we decided to start crowdfunding in order to support the event each year.

Burning the Clocks receives no guaranteed funding. We rely on crowd funding and the support of local businesses to make sure Burning the Clocks can go ahead each year.

Burning the Clocks was created in 1993 as an antidote to the excesses of the commercial Christmas and as a way to celebrate the festive season regardless of faith, embracing our entire community. It brings people together from all ages and walks of life to celebrate our fantastically unique city and to share the things that bind us all.

Around 20,000 people now come to watch Burning the Clocks and around 2,000 people join us to take part in the lantern parade each year. Purchasing one of our packages not only allows you to be at the heart of this unforgettable event but also helps to make sure Burning the Clocks can return next year!

For up to date information and Burning the Clocks news find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/burningtheclocks

We are delighted to announce that the incredible Graham Carter has generously decided to support Burning the Clocks again for the 7th year running and has created another stunning limited edition print to go with this years theme 'Temps Perdu'. 

Graham says 'As the theme this year is ‘remembrance’ I’ve tried to create an image that evokes ‘looking back’ and ‘coming together’. I envisaged a giant heart made up of individual elements that might carry resonance for someone, be it a treasured memory, a celebration or a message to a lost loved one.

Visually I thought it would be fun to incorporate photographic imagery from Brighton's past, so the eagle-eyed might spot a few recognisable things in the mix. Continuing this theme I’ve brought in a few special guests from previous years’ prints too. (As a side note, the 2 x birds and tree are there in memory of the two girls who tragically lost their lives in Moulscoombe 30 years ago.)'

This beautiful print is available to purchase here on our crowfunder page and the proceeds from each sale goes towards Burning the Clocks. We aim to have your print delivered in time for Christmas and will post via courier by the 19th December 2018.

Above the stunning print for Burning the Clocks 2017 'East'- by Graham Carter 

Below clockwise from top right, 'Nonsense' for 2016, 'The Cosmos' for 2015, 'Urbano' for 2014 and 'The Deep' for 2013, all prints by Graham Carter. We would like to extend a massive thank you to Graham for choosing to support Burning the clocks for the 7th year running, what a set these beautiful prints make!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Warm fuzzy glow

Help support BTC with a one off £10 donation

£25 or more

1 of 20 claimed

Join us on the beach

Come and join us in the heart of the action on Brighton beach to help fill the bonfire with lanterns from the parade and watch the fireshow from the beach front. (this reward does not include a lantern and is intended as a memorable experience we offer to anyone who would like to be more involved in the event) Must be over the age of 16

£40 or more

18 of 30 claimed

Personalised Lantern

We will create you an exclusive personalised lantern to carry in the BTC parade, you will also receive two wrists bands so you can bring a friend or loved one along with you. Please email your choice of word to: [email protected]

£85 or more

15 of 30 claimed

Graham Carters limited edition prints

Receive 1 of 5 stunning limited edition giclee A2 prints by local artist Graham Carter for Burning the Clocks. Please select which print you would like to purchase from the options, the proceeds from each sale go towards Burning the Clocks. £5 of this donation is allocated to postage costs. Prints will be sent via courier recorded delivery on or before the 19th December.

£100 or more

3 of 10 claimed

VIP tickets

Receive two VIP wrist bands which will grant you the very best view of the Burning the Clocks fireshow and fireworks, right on the beach front.

£500 or more

1 of 2 claimed

Lead the Parade

You and your party of up to 10 people will receive VIP wrist bands to watch fireshow from the VIP viewing area as well as walking at the front of the Burning the Clocks parade, a truly unforgettable experience!

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Light the bonfire!

For our top pledge of £1000 you can light the Burning the Clocks 2018 bonfire in front of around 20,000 people and lead us into the new year as well as receiving 10 VIP wrist bands for your friends and family to watch from the beach front viewing area.

£200 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Dinner at The Ivy and a personalised VIP lantern

A 3 course dinner for two, plus welcome drinks and a bottle of wine, at The Ivy in the Lanes, a VIP lantern and viewing tickets, for two, to watch the Burning the Clocks from our VIP viewing area right at the front of Maderia Drive. Dinner voucher must be used between the 01/01/19 - 01/07/19.

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