(Los Angeles, CA) – On Sunday May 1st, 2016, the Experience Magazine was invited to cover the 10th Anniversary of BritWeek LA opened to a packed house at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica featuring celebrity appearances including: Co-Founders of BritWeek Bob Peirce and Sharon Harroun Peirce, Celia Imrie (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Downtown Abbey, Absolutely Fabulous), Huw Collins (Pretty Little Liars), Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter, Skins), Nigel Lythgoe, Darren McGrady (former Royal Chef to HRH Princess Diana), Harry Hamlin, British music industry legend Peter Asher, Fred Willard, Karina Smirnoff, Lotte Verbeek (Agent Carter, Outlander, The Last Witch Hunter), and many more.
There was live British music throughout the night featuring Peter Asher, American Idol singers and the So You Think You Can Dance dancers.
Guest dined on gourmet food. American Idol finalist Carly Smithson and So You Think You Can Dance dancers Fik-shun and Jonathan Platero performed to an enthusiastic crowd.
This was the eleventh annual gala for BRITWEEK in Los Angeles, California. BRITWEEK is a celebration of British contributions to music and the arts.
The exclusive event also featured all-star performances from Alexander Jean comprised of Dancing with the Stars’ Mark Ballas and his fiancé BC jean, season 7 contestant of American Idol Carly Smithson, and So You Think You Can Dance winner Fik-Shun introduced by Nigel Lythgoe.
Guests at the event were treated to some of the most beloved sweets and treats from the UK, and were able to sample former Royal Chef Darren McGrady’s confections including his famous Butter Toffee Bread Pudding, a favorite of HRH Princess Diana, as well as his Chocolate Biscuit Cake which he has prepared for Princes Harry and William and chocolate birthday cake prepared for HRM Queen Elizabeth. Guests also indulged in other British food staples including fish and chips and meat pies provided by FIG Restaurant.
BritWeek is a non-profit organization, started in Los Angeles in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and then Consul General Bob Peirce, to highlight the creative fusion between the United Kingdom, California and Miami. BritWeek’s mission is to create greater awareness of the many ways in which Britain and the US work closely together, and to further build this relationship to advance business, the arts and philanthropy in both of these thriving regions of the world.
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