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