Santa Monica Celebrates BritWeek This Weekend

Friday, 3 May 2013, 9:20:00 AM

Mirror Staff

A gala at the Fairmont Miramar tonight will honor Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith on “Downton Abbey,” and the show’s executive producer Gareth Neame.
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A gala at the Fairmont Miramar tonight will honor Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith on “Downton Abbey,” and the show’s executive producer Gareth Neame.

Downtown Santa Monica will kick off its celebration for

BritWeek tonight with a staging of a 1920s Downton Abbey Vintage party to

benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel.

Events will continue during the weekend in Santa Monica

Place and on the Promenade.

Tonight’s gala will honor Laura Carmichael, who plays

Lady Edith on the PBS Masterpiece Classic, and Gareth Neame, the executive

producer of Downton Abbey, currently

shooting Series Four in England.

Guests will dress in their best vintage attire to

celebrate Downton Abbey while

listening to 1920s music from Richard Halpern and his band and live dance

performances.

Spirit merchants Berry Brothers & Rudd and beverage

line Fever Tree will serve up pre–prohibition cocktails while FIG Restaurant

will provide food.

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.

“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.”

BritWeek events will continue this 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 7–9 pm

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.

For more information, visit www.downtownsm.com/spring-jubilee.

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