Burning the Clocks 2012: Make unique community event happen!

by Same Sky
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About the project

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

Every year on 21st December, the shortest day of the year, Same Sky – Brighton’s community art charity – produces a much-loved free event in Brighton called Burning the Clocks. The event combines a family lantern procession with a spectacular fire and fireworks show, bringing the whole city together to celebrate.

Burning the Clocks is a unique community event in which local people make their own paper and willow lanterns. After carrying them through the city in a lantern parade they pass them into the fire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end. Then a dazzling fire show is set in motion, in which a massive fire sculpture is ignited, live music plays, and fireworks light up the sky!

Burning the Clocks was created in 1994 as an antidote to the excesses of the commercial Christmas and as a way to celebrate the festive season regardless of faith or creed. It is free and the route is suitable for all ages and abilities. Over 2,000 people now take part in the parade and over 20,000 spectators turn out to watch.

In order to put on the fabulous fire show that ends the event, Same Sky need to raise £2,000. £3,000 will allow us to add spectacular fireworks and £4,000 will create the breathtaking display that we’d like to end the night. Please help us to make this happen!

This project is part of the NCVO Crowdfunding Challenge 2012 - follow the challenge on Twitter at #crowdfunding2012 Read more
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Organisation Details
Same Sky
The Annexe Belmont Street
Brighton, East Sussex
BN1 4HN, UNITED KINGDOM
01273 571106
www.samesky.co.uk
Company Limited by Guarantee
#02244350
Registered Charity #1042454
27 November 2012 - 12:29 - Chris Slann
Well done all - looking forward to bringing our Arts Award students to be inspired by a first class outdoor arts evetn. Chris and FRankie and all at The New Carnival Company, Isle of Wight
21 November 2012 - 10:12 - Same Sky Jenny
Thanks all! One of the lovely things about this campaign has been seeing all the support for Same Sky and Burning the Clocks.
20 November 2012 - 22:30 - Mercurius
Always a fantastic show and put on by such hard working, imaginative and warm people. Long may u rule!
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Goals

Tipping Point £2,000
Fireshow and fireworks £3,000
The fireshow and firework display we’d like to give you £4,000
£4,170
tipping point
£30.000
20%
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
12hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
In the current economic times, it’s important that people have a free celebration that brings them together and connect them with their community.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Some participant comments from last year’s event included: “For me and the SuperDads who were involved, it was a demonstration of community and a connection to a true spirit of Christmas time, and a relief to not have to fork out more money at this expensive time of year.” Workshop participant “Amazing and beautiful, fun and vibrant and really important at this time of year!” Anna Tuggey, participant
What is your solution?
Same Sky, Brighton’s community art charity, created Burning the Clocks to act as an antidote to the excesses of the commercial Christmas and as a way for the people of Brighton to celebrate the festive season, regardless of faith or creed. Same Sky’s free outreach workshops give people pride in themselves and connect them with their community.
How will you deliver this?
The event itself and the outreach lantern-making workshops.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Back this project!
  • 5 minutes
    Send an email to your friends and family about Burning the Clocks and encourage them to get involved.
  • 15 minutes
    Put a message on every social media site you’re a member of to help spread the word.
  • 30 minutes
    Visit www.samesky.co.uk to read about our other projects and find out how you could get involved.
  • A few hours
    Print out some information about this crowdfunder and put it on local noticeboards or speak to local groups to see if you can encourage them to get involved.
  • Regular time commitment
    Excellent! Get in touch as we would love to hear from you.

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Chris Slann 27 November 2012 - 12:29

Well done all - looking forward to bringing our Arts Award students to be inspired by a first class outdoor arts evetn. Chris and FRankie and all at The New Carnival Company, Isle of Wight

Same Sky Jenny 21 November 2012 - 10:12

Thanks all! One of the lovely things about this campaign has been seeing all the support for Same Sky and Burning the Clocks.

Mercurius 20 November 2012 - 22:30

Always a fantastic show and put on by such hard working, imaginative and warm people. Long may u rule!

bobscrew 20 November 2012 - 17:07

Well done on getting this far. I look forward to my lanterns! :-)

Olivia Norton 20 November 2012 - 03:55

We've been wanting to come to Burning the Clocks since doing a workshop with SameSky in Chichester for their festival years ago! Hurrah, glad we can come this year! How do we book for a shaker workshop....?

Paul Richards 18 November 2012 - 21:37

Congratulations on the latest milestone!

Same Sky Jenny 31 October 2012 - 10:20

Hi Erestania - Yes, we'll sign you up for our email list when you back this venture (You will be given the choice to opt out of this for anyone who would prefer not to) And just to mention that of course we never pass on your details to third parties!

Erestania 30 October 2012 - 19:30

Hi There! I've signed up to be a Mover and I wonder will I automatically be added to the email list or do I need to sign up to that separately? Cheers!

Same Sky Jenny 15 October 2012 - 08:20

Hi Paul - yes absolutely! We think this is a great idea for a Christmas present. Make your donation and we'll be in touch - at which point you can organise the details with us. Thanks for your support!

Paul Hudson 12 October 2012 - 18:42

Really pleased you are trying crowd fundraising - is there a way I can buy some of the benefits for someone as a Christmas present as I'm no longer living in Brighton?

Same Sky Jenny 10 October 2012 - 09:25

Hi Greenhousedani,
Yes! Lantern kits will be available to buy as always from November. We should have details in a few weeks time about the shops that will be stocking them this year. We'll be sending out the information to our "Cheerleaders" on email alternatively there will be info on our website. Thanks for supporting Burning the Clocks!

greenhousedani 09 October 2012 - 18:57

My family (2 adults, 2 children) would like to support burning the clocks - it is a highlight of our year. Is it possible to add an option where people can donate something in return for a place in the parade and materials to make a lantern at home? Or will lantern kits be available for sale in shops as in previous years? Thanks

Anna Horton 01 October 2012 - 14:15

This looks like such an exciting event - good luck guys!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Same Sky creates imaginative events and workshops to strengthen communities, inspire individuals and brighten people's lives.

Geographical coverage

Within a city/shire

Our track record

Same Sky has worked for over 26 years to help communities celebrate and create their own events and show off their uniqueness.

Awards And Recognitions

Burning the clocks won the Argus achievement award in 2011. Same Sky has won various awards for its events and workshops.