Burning The Clocks expands to full weekend

FREE, drop in, Play Workshop : Let’s Build A City Of Lights! : 10am to 3pm, Saturday 20 December. Phoenix Gallery Brighton, 10–14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB.

Effigy Display: 4pm, Saturday 20 December 2014, Outside St. Peter’s Church.

Parade: 6.30pm to 8pm, Sunday 21 December 2014, Starting at New Road.

To celebrate its 21st year, Burning the Clocks expands to a full weekend festival for the first time. On Saturday 20 December, we are running a free, fun play experience with Lights and Shadows for children at Phoenix Gallery (10am to 3pm). They will also present a fully lit display of the main effigy with a live performance of the new score for Burning the Clocks 2014 on the lawns of St. Peter’s Church from 4pm to 7pm.

By adding an extra day of events to Burning the Clocks, we are hoping to provide more opportunities for Brighton residents and younger family members to participate. Arts Council England are supporting this daytime event, as they noted the importance of providing opportunities for greater engagement with the community and the art.

John Varah, artistic director at Same Sky said: “The purging nature of the event has been integral from the very first parade, but a great deal of work goes into the various elements that make up Burning the Clocks. These extra events allow us get close to the great works our artists have created and appreciate them before they go on the parade. Having a more controlled environment for our Saturday event also allows us to guarantee a live performance of the new score, one of the elements most drastically affected if it’s a stormy solstice.”

With a title the goes along with the parades theme of The City, the Let’s Build a City of Lights! workshop specifically invite young children birth to age 5 and families to play with various shadow puppet screens, build a cardboard city of lights, play with light toys and make luminaries for the effigy display at St. Peter’s church. Running from 10am to 3pm, the workshop on Saturday 20 December is free to attend and does not require booking, just turn up at Phoenix Brighton.

The effigy display allows participants to get closer to the main lantern and a number of supporting luminaires before they are brought to life in the parade and finally added to the fire which closes the event. In addition, the new Burning the Clocks score created by Jamie Sturrock will be performed live when the installation is ready from 4pm outside St. Peter’s Church.

For more info have a look at the Same Sky website.

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