"Spring Jubilee Celebrates BritWeek" is next weekend, May 4-5:
a British Festival on the Santa Monica Promenade and
a Downton Abbey Vintage Party kicks off the Festival Friday May 3

LOS ANGELES — Friday night, May 3, is the kick off night of the Jubilee, with BritWeek staging a 1920s Downton Abbey Vintage party to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica. The gala honors Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith on the PBS Masterpiece Classic, and Gareth Neame, the executive producer of Downton Abbey, currently shooting Series 4 in England.

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Guests will dress in their best vintage attire to celebrate Downton Abbey while listening to 1920s music from Richard Halpern & his band and live dance performances. Pre–prohibition cocktails will be provided by Berry Brothers & Rudd and Fever Tree and food by FIG Restaurant from Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows. Boots with provide a special vintage photo booth to capture the evening and displays of vintage cars will be seen throughout the party.

Vivien Sheriff, milliner to royalty and the stars, is also representing the Best of British headwear through a showcase vintage-inspired headwear collection embodying the timeless glamour reminiscent of the days of the Silver Screen.

Three vignettes with models courtesy of Artist International will welcome guests freeze posing to breath–taking effect as they beautifully captured the essence and elegance of the Downton Abbey era and set a Art Deco mood to the festivities.

Santa Monica Spring Jubilee May 4–5, 2013

“BritWeek is thrilled to partner with Downtown Santa Monica in presenting the first–ever Spring Jubilee,” said Sharon Harroun Pierce, Director of BritWeek. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for us to highlight British brands and to recognize the perfect synergy between Santa Monica and the British community.”

Events will continue on during the weekend in Santa Monica Place and on the Promenade. Among the highlights is a live concert called: “The Beatles’ Abbey Road Complete — And More” with music industry veteran Peter Asher, who will play a selection of Peter & Gordon hits as he hosts a special performance of The Beatles’ classic Abbey Road album. Asher will also introduce Denny Laine, co–founder of the Moody Blues and Wings, and Terry Sylvester of the Hollies as Denny, Terry and band play the Abbey Road album start to finish on Saturday May 4 from 7–9pm at Santa Monica Place’s Center Plaza.

Along the Santa Monica Promenade will be environmentally–focused vendors, gardens designed by leading landscape architects and designers, live entertainment, speakers and demonstrations, all with a distinctly British flair. The event will span three blocks along the Promenade from Wilshire to Broadway, with the main performance stage located in Santa Monica Place.

Local landscape architects and designers will compete to design and build sustainable, eco–friendly “Urban Tea Garden” vignettes that will be displayed on each block of the Promenade. Each vignette will be judged and the Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 prize and a trophy. Judges will include Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Conner, celebrity interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, award–winning author Lady Terry Robinson, British fashion icon Zandra Rhodes and designer Donna Wolfe.

The Spring Jubilee will also feature British brand sponsors including luxury car maker Jaguar offering a sneak peek of their new F–Type, mini–makeovers by Boots, Cunard Cruises give–a–ways, celebrity wax figures and photo booth by Madame Tussauds, as well as a mobile double–decker tailoring bus by British clothier Duncan Quinn. British biscuit company Walker’s Shortbread, will host a doggie red carpet with doggie adoptions from Santa Monica–based rescue organization, Take Me Home.

About BritWeek
BritWeek is a non–profit organization, started in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and the then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative fusion between the United Kingdom and California. BritWeek’s mission is to create greater awareness of the many ways in which Britain and California work closely together, and further build this relationship to advance business, the arts, and philanthropy in both of these thriving regions of the world.

Every spring BritWeek hosts a program of events that promotes British creativity, innovation and excellence in California across multiple categories including, film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more. The events take place throughout Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, San Francisco, and now also Miami! They attract support from thousands of people, including international celebrities as well as business and political leaders.

BritWeek’s philanthropic contributions have included fundraising for numerous charities, including Malaria No More, Save the Children, LA’s BEST and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and programs promoting children’s sports, children’s literacy and international professional internships. For more information visit

BritWeek 2013 is sponsored by Jaguar, Boots & Christopher Guy.

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For more information, contact: Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications | 310.899.2727 |