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BritWeek2010 Recap

BritWeek Events
BritWeek2010 included film, TV, music, sport, theatre, retail, fashion, art, food, design and business events, and a charity gala.

* Art & Design
* Brits Give Back
* Business Innovation Awards
* Celebrity Soccer Match
* Champagne Launch Reception
* Entertainment
* Fashion
* Film & TV Summit
* Gala Dinner with Sir Richard Branson
* Young Entrepreneurs... Luncheon

* More Events Around Town

Art Opening Art Opening Salute to Design Art & Design Events were held throughout Los Angeles

Christopher Guy Mother's Day Art Event Brits Gave Back through art and design with special events for underprivileged children

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell was presented with a special award by BritWeek President Nigel Lythgoe at the BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards.

Celebrity Soccer
BritNight with the LA Galaxy Celebrity Soccer Match at Home Depot Center

Ricky Gervais Concerts Concerts, Screenings & Theatre...

Genlux BritWeek Designer of the Year Award and Fashion Show at Smashbox Studios

Zandra Rhodes
Zandra Rhodes at Neiman Marcus

Film & TV Summit
Film & TV Summit
BritWeek Film & TV Summit at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Board Board Richard Branson Sir Richard Branson and David Archuleta with members of the BritWeek Board, and Sir Richard Branson with British Consul General Dame Barbara Hay at the Gala Dinner.

YE Luncheon Young Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the Face of the World Luncheon at Soho House

Stores all over town participated in BritWalk

LAX Lights
The LAX Gateway Pylons (Los Angeles' International Airport's legendary light towers that illuminate the night with millions of colors) glowed red, white and blue from April 17th to April 24th in honor of BritWeek!

Madame Tussauds Jumbotron
BritWeek was prominently displayed on Madame Tussaud's Jumbotron on the iconic stretch of Hollywood Boulevard alongside the Kodak Theatre and the stars' footprints at Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

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In only its fourth year, BritWeek was bigger and better than ever in 2010. Thousands of people attended dozens of events in and around Los Angeles, and for the first time BritWeek also had a program of events in San Francisco. New additions to the BritWeek repertoire included interior design, with a very successful program at the Pacific Design Center on April 28th, and the first ever BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards, where three companies were recognized as leading Innovators in Design, Technology and Customer Services. Our fine art program was more extensive than ever, and once again we had highly successful film and TV, sports, music and fashion events, and numerous British stores and brands participated in our BritWalks in Orange County, Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco. We thank all who supported BritWeek2010, especially our sponsors.

View our Photo Gallery of images from many BritWeek events.


Event Highlights

BritWeek2010 had a strong focus on Art and Design.

The BritWeek Group Art Show was held across several galleries stretching from downtown to Venice. Exhibitions represented a range of genres and styles and featured works by British artists Emma Ferreira, Tobias Keene, David Hockney, Gordon House, Marcos Lutyens, Patrick Procktor, Pete Stern & Joe Tilson.

Cutting edge and traditional British designs were showcased at two separate events at the Pacific Design Center, the premiere west coast facility for luxury interior design products.

The daylong Salute to British Design, co-sponsored by the Pacific Design Center and Luxe Magazine, featured a Leading British Designers Keynote Panel with world-renowned designers Nina Campbell, Peter Dunham, Kathryn M. Ireland and Martyn Lawrence-Bullard; book signings; British couture; high tea and the opening reception for portraitist Sacha Newley. Jaguar’s newest models were also on display.

The British Design Invasion panel discussion examined the many ways British designs have influenced the World market.

Christopher Farr, at the spearhead of contemporary rug design for over twenty years, is credited with revolutionizing the industry and creating a brand new art form. The gallery held an Afternoon Tea especially for BritWeek.

Award-winning British luxury furniture designer Christopher Guy, renowned for sophisticated fusing of classicism with modernism, held a unique event fusing design with community outreach to benefit the after school programs of LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program.  Read more

BritWeek was honored to introduce a truly rewarding Mother's Day Children's Art Event that allowed children who are underprivileged or have special needs the unique experience of interacting and painting with professional artists at Rivera & Rivera Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.
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The first-ever BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards, celebrating the diverse UK-California business community, was held on May 4th at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles. Awards recognizing outstanding innovations in Design, Technology and Service Provision for companies with joint US-UK operations were presented respectively to wind technology experts Clipper Windpower, communications innovator Ribbit and global solar powerhouse G24 Innovations (G24i).   

British television icon and American Idol judge Simon Cowell was honored with a special recognition award for his contributions to television and entertainment in the US and UK.  The Awards Dinner received global attention and was attended by senior executives from a diversity of businesses with operations in California and the UK, as well as community leaders and other dignitaries.  Read more
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The third annual BritNight with the LA Galaxy Celebrity Soccer Match at Home Depot Center preceded an exciting Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake rematch of last year's MLS Western Conference Final. The Celebrity Game, organized by Julian Stone, featured renowned broadcasters, former professional soccer players, leading musicians, actors and personalities, including Vinnie Jones, Michael Sheen, Mark “Rhino” Smith, Freddie Stroma and many more. Player Roster
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Champagne Launch
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was among the many dignitaries and celebrities who helped kick-off BritWeek during the Champagne Launch Reception at the British Consul General's Residence.
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ENTERTAINMENT: Concerts • Screenings • Theatre
BritWeek featured concerts with top British performing artists, including legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck, internationally renowned musician Peter Gabriel and multi-award-winning writer/comedian Ricky Gervais. British films were highlighted in the Newport Beach and San Francisco International Film Festivals, and BritWeek also included the LA Premieres of two acclaimed films: A Shine Of Rainbows and Beyond the Pole. The riotous Broadway tour of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps at the Ahmanson Theatre was also part of BritWeek.
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Fashion events included a Zandra Rhodes personal appearance at Neiman Marcus, and the Genlux BritWeek Designer of the Year Award & Fashion Show at Smashbox Studios. E! stars Cat Sadler (Mistress of Ceremonies) and Ashlan Gorse (Live Auctioneer) were front and center at the fashion show, which paid homage to the brilliance of the late Alexander McQueen with a retrospective of his work, including items that had never been seen before on the runway! So You Think You Can Dance host Cat Deeley presented the coveted Designer of the Year Award to Matthew Williamson, whose signature feminine lines, geometric patterns and bold use of color illuminated the runway. The sold-out evening, which was attended by celebrities and British royalty alike, benefited Dress For Success, a non-profit organization that provides disadvantaged women with professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.
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Academy Award® winning actor Helen Mirren and more than two dozen entertainment industry leaders addressed participants at the daylong BritWeek Film & TV Summit (in Association with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles, presented by Hilton Hotels and sponsored by Variety). The sold out event explored the challenges and opportunities from both creative and business perspectives in the two most globally successful filmmaking clusters in the world: Britain and Hollywood. Panelists discussed Filmmaking, Financing and Dealmaking, TV Scripted & Unscripted, Next Generation Film & TV Production, and Digital Content, Distribution & Monetization.
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Gala Dinner
In addition to emphasizing the significant trade and investment relationship between the UK and California, BritWeek offers critical support to important charities. This year, BritWeek was pleased to support the efforts of Save the Children and Virgin Unite. Sir Richard Branson was guest of honor at the star-studded BritWeek Gala Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, which featured a live performance by David Archuleta and raised funds and awareness for these extraordinary causes. Victoria Beckham, Morgan Freeman, Patricia Heaton, Jeff Lynne, Helen Mirren, June Sarpong, Michael Sheen and Maria Shriver were among the celebrity guests. Click here to read about the Gala Dinner.
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As a prelude to the Young Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the Face of the World Conference in September 2010, an exclusive Luncheon took place on May 4th at Soho House in West Hollywood. The interactive Round Table Luncheon addressed the subject of “Doing Business in a Global Economy” with specific reference to the UK, US, China, India and Central and South America, and was attended by 50 leaders in the business and diplomatic communities. Learn more
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British brands exemplifying UK fashion and lifestyle are widely represented across California. For the third year, dozens of establishments featuring these exciting and original brands unite via BritWalk. Support British companies and go on your own BritWalk throughout the year! Click here to visit the Fashion & Lifestyle section to download a printable map for Los Angeles, or click here for BritWalk San Francisco.

Pub Events
British pubs are not just a home away from home for expatriates, but also a part of LA's vibrant social life. British pubs got into the BritWeek spirit all over the Southland, with specials, darts tournaments and band nights. Click here for a list of great SoCal locals.
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