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A Brighton Christmas

Burning the Clocks, Brighton

Same Sky and Brilliant Brighton bring you a trail of lanterns across the city throughout December and into the New Year. The trail is a celebration of 21 years of Burning the Clocks and for the first time you can see some of the solstice magic Same Sky creations in Brighton shop windows with a series of many lantern houses.

Burning the Clocks is a special community event created by Same Sky to unite the community to mark the shortest day. Local people make their own paper and willow lanterns and after a city procession they pass them into a blazing bonfire on Brighton Beach, as a token of the year’s end.

Look out for the five specially commissioned installations, all inspired by the city and its architecture…

Our very own Futon Company Shop in Preston Street plays host to the 21st Century Fox by Bec Britain. Inspired by the illustrations of local artist Graham Carter, this architectural urban fox is on the run and leaping the skyline….. It is a willow and tissue lantern decorated in French enamel varnish. www.futoncompany.co.uk/

Meanwhile, Edited on Gardner Street see Edited Highlights by John Varah. This piece uses addressable LED and a microprocessor to read footage from the Burning the Clocks parade and its participants as a source, to create abstracted light patterns.

Elsewhere, Simon Webster Hair houses 21.00 by Alex Saunders, formed from polished stainless steel curves and circles inspired by ice crystals and the fibonacci sequence. www.blackstonestudios.net

Donatello discovers Urban Equinox by Paul Harrington – a figure of the urban human, defined by his environment but with a primal need to connect to something bigger and better, and finally Jigsaw Menswear showcases Moon Crossing by Jo Coles – inspired by the chaotic and vibrant streets of Brighton. www.jocoles.com

Beach Hut Advent Calendar

The iconic ice-cream coloured doors of the beach huts lining the Hove esplanade take part in a live advent calendar throughout the countdown to Christmas. A different hut opens its doors on each evening of December, each showcasing an artistic festive surprise. www.beyondchurch.co.uk

Royal Pavillion Ice Rink

The South East’s most beautiful winter ice rink will open for its fifth year on November 8th to January 18th on the Royal Pavillion’s Eastern lawns in Brighton. With the former Royal pleasure palace as a backdrop, huge rinkside bar and restaurant plus 40m terrace, the Ice Rink looks stunning at night and is a great choice for those wanting to skate in a beautiful setting and sit down to eat rinkside après ice. Tickets from £10 for adult and £7 for juniors and the one hour skate time runs from 10am to 10.15pm daily. Open now until 18th January 2015. Visitbrighton.com

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