BritWeek is a uniquely pan-global event that occurs yearly as a collaboration among the business, art, culture, and entertainment sectors in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles. The idea behind BritWeek is to highlight and celebrate the partnership between the UK and LA. Given the Southern California's many businesses in technology, entertainment, fashion, and culture, many British citizens live there year-round or or maintain a second residence in the area.
Now in its fifth year, BritWeek has expanded beyond the LA locale into other areas of California to give people in the San Francisco and Orange County areas the opportunity to be involved in various events. Los Angeles events start April 26 (lasting much longer than a week), spread across various sectors and areas through May 21. In Orange County (south of Los Angeles), the events include over a week of a classic car show sponsored by Jaguar, a golf tournament, a series of pub events, and also a day of events centered on the Royal Wedding Day. Orange County events start April 23 and end May 5 with the golf tourney.
San Francisco Bay area residents have the opportunity to participate in or see an array of events in areas from technology to music starting April 29 and lasting through May 12. Two particularly special events are the Royal Ceremonial Ball (April 29) celebrating the Queen's birthday, at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, and the Magna Carta at the Legion of the Honor (May 7).
This rather lengthy "week" includes a fun and informative "Brit Walk" in LA and San Francisco. It is a self-guided mapped walking tour of different retail stores and establishments that feature British fashions, beauty products, accessories, and food.
We were lucky enough to speak to two members of the BritWeek board of directors: the Honorable Bob Peirce (Chairman) and Sharon Harroun Peirce. This husband-and-wife team work diligently to make sure this event is more fabulous every year.
Beyond shopping, there are a listings on the BritWeek website that will help you find the events open to the publicâ€”from music to businessâ€”and see what catches your fancy. At the very least, you'll be able to meet and network with Brits who live and work in California!