Burning the clocks

Over £16,600 raised by Brighton’s community for Burning the Clocks 2018

Over £16,600 raised by Brighton’s community for Burning the Clocks 2018



Same Sky, the community arts charity behind Burning the Clocks, today announces that £16,689.95 was raised for the annual winter solstice parade. 

John Varah, Same Sky artistic director, said: “We would like to thank everyone that helped make Burning the Clocks such a success, in a very special year that celebrated the event’s 25th anniversary and Same Sky’s 30th birthday. It was incredible to see so many people taking part and the thousands of onlookers lining the streets to watch the lantern parade.

“We would also like to say a massive thank you to all those that put money into the collection buckets on the night, those who supported our crowdfunder and our event sponsors ARKA Original Funerals and The Chilli Pickle - Burning the Clocks simply wouldn’t happen without them. Through a huge community effort, we raised just over £16,600,” added Varah.

The volunteer-led bucket collection on the night of Burning the Clocks raised £5,846.95 and the event’s crowdfunder exceeded its target and raised £5,055 from 57 individuals.

Brighton’s business sponsors contributed £5,788 to the cost of the event. ARKA Original Funerals donated £4,000 by paying for 25 ‘In Memory’ lanterns. The lanterns were made by friends and families in group workshops and were carried in the parade to remember a loved one who had recently died. Local restaurant, The Chilli Pickleand their customers raised £1,788 from donations by diners throughout December.

For the latest information and opportunities to help with Burning the Clocks 2019, visit https://www.facebook.com/burningtheclocks.

ARKA Funerals sponsor Burning the Clocks 2018 with ‘In Memory’ lanterns

ARKA Funerals sponsor Burning the Clocks 2018 with ‘In Memory’ lanterns



ARKA Original Funerals has announced its support of Brighton charity Same Sky and this year’s Burning the Clocks. For the third consecutive year, the local funeral provider is offering 25 ‘In Memory’ lanterns to be carried during the parade on 21 December. The special commemorative lanterns and participation in the parade are for anyone mourning someone who has died in 2018 and can be applied for via the website.

Taking place from 6.30pm on Friday 21 December 2018, Burning the Clocks parade runs from New Road to the seafront, with around 2,000 participants and more than 20,000 onlookers expected.

Each ‘In Memory’ package supplied by ARKA includes a lantern decoration session with Same Sky and two places to walk in the parade, followed by a name reading at the bonfire on the beach at the end of the evening.

Cara Mair, director of ARKA Original Funerals said: “Burning the Clocks is a very special event that brings the whole city together on the winter solstice. To support Same Sky for the third year running means a lot to us – just as our lanterns mean something to those who want to celebrate the life of those who have died in the past year.”

John Varah, artistic director at Same Sky added: “We’re hugely thankful to ARKA for their continued support, which gives 25 families the opportunity to commemorate the life of someone special. Having the help of local sponsors like ARKA, as well as that of the public, is the reason we are able to put on Burning the Clocks each year. We’d encourage anyone who’d like to support us and keep this tradition alive to donate through our Crowdfunder and also to put a few pounds in the buckets on the night.”

The crowdfunder can be found at: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/burning-the-clocks-2018

Those wanting an In Memory Lantern should contact Burning The Clocks and provide details via: http://samesky.co.uk/events/burning-the-clocks/arka-original-funerals/

Burning the Clocks launches Crowdfunder for 2018

Burning the Clocks launches Crowdfunder for 2018

Brighton charity, Same Sky, invites local support to keep the much-loved winter solstice event running



Brighton charity Same Sky this week launches its crowdfunder for Burning the Clocks 2018, offering exclusive gifts in order to raise £5,000 and help secure the future of Burning the Clocks.

Taking place from 6.30pm on Friday 21 December 2018, the Burning the Clocks parade runs from New Road to the seafront, with around 2,000 participants and more than 20,000 onlookers.  

Depending on the size of their donation, crowdfunding investors will be rewarded with personalised lanterns, the privilege of lighting the event’s bonfire or a 3-course dinner for two at The Ivy in the Lanes.

For the third successive year, ARKA Original Funerals will support Burning the Clocks with ‘In Memory’ lanterns for those who have lost a loved one during the year. These packages, each worth £100, include a lantern workshop invitation, joining the parade and the reading of the chosen loved one’s name during the fireshow finale.

Local restaurant, The Chilli Pickle, is sponsoring the event, adding a donation of £1 to every table bill from 1 November until 21 December, which will go towards helping Same Sky reach their fundraising target for this year’s Burning the Clocks. Same Sky will also be partnering with childhood bereavement charity, Winston’s Wish, offering local young people a lantern-making workshop, so that they can join the parade and remember their loved ones in this special way.

Burning the Clocks receives no guaranteed funding and relies on fundraising and support from local business and the community to raise the costs needed to cover the event, which is in excess of £30,000. Anyone watching the parade is encouraged to put any spare cash into the donation buckets on the night to help fund the event and secure its future.

John Varah, Same Sky artistic director, said: “We’re bringing our crowdfunding initiative back for the sixth consecutive year, as it goes such a long way to keeping Burning the Clocks alive.

“Each year Same Sky relies on the generosity of the general public to make donations along the event route, as well as supporting our online crowdfunder. Our Winter Solstice parade has been an iconic part of Brighton’s calendar for more than two decades, but we rely on the support of local residents and sponsors to make it happen.

“We’ve had a bit of a turbulent year, having lost Same Sky’s home, our artistic studio – but this has made us even more determined to ensure the event remains a part of the city’s winter offering.”

The theme for Burning the Clocks 2018 is ‘Remembrance’. Event organisers Same Sky have created a large-scale lantern in the shape of a heart for this year’s event. This will be surrounded by smaller Remembrance hearts carried by procession-goers on the night of the parade.

As in previous years, Brighton residents can purchase lantern packs to take part in the parade (costing £30-£33, available from early November). Lantern packs contain materials, instructions and four wristbands for four people to take part in the parade. They will be available for purchase at Brighton Pavilion, HISBE supermarket in York Place, the Wood Store on Elder Place and Book Nook in Hove.

Local artist Graham Carter has generously created a new limited edition print for Burning the Clocks for the sixth year running. These are also on sale to raise funds, with 80 limited edition designs created around this year’s theme of ‘Remembrance’.

For more information on purchasing lantern packs and Graham Carter’s prints, visit Same Sky’s Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SameSkyBtn/. Businesses and restaurants interested in getting involved with the event as a sponsor or participant should contact jasmine@samesky.co.uk.