BritWeek Los Angeles

Charlie Jane the Brits are comingThere are 5 days left of BritWeek Los Angeles, the annual program of events that celebrates the “creative fusion” between the United Kingdom and the United States. Britweek is a non-profit that was founded in LA in 2007 by Nigel Lythgoe and then Consul General Bob Pierce. It takes place in LA, San Francisco and, as of last year, also Miami. BritWeek LA began on April 21 and runs through May 4, with special events in the categories of “film & television, music, art, fashion, design, retail, sport, philanthropy, business, and more.”

Some interesting things on the schedule:

  • The British Are Coming: May 3, 8am – 11pm at Santa Monica’s Copley Gallery. Contemporary British art exhibit, co-presented by Juxtapoz Magazine and curated by Charlie Jane, featuring artists like Banksy, Pure Evil, Insa, Nick Walker, RYCA and more.
  • Santa Monica Festival: May 3 & 4, 10am – 6pm, 3rd St. Promenade. Celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with performances by the Shakespeare Company, Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble, as well as highland and Irish dancers, pipe bands and harpers. You can also apparently meet the Geico Gecko…!?
  • Graffik Gallery pop-up: Tues’s – Sat’s thru May 8, 11am – 5pm at LAB ART. Street and contemporary art from London’s legendary Graffik Gallery, by British artists like Trust_Icon, Lukas Avalon, The Dotemasters, Robin Coleman, and Binty Bint.
  • “Othello”: May 4, 2pm at UCLA’s James Bridge Theater. LA Theatre Works screens National Theatre Live’s HD video-cast, starring Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester OBE.
  • Music In Our Paint: May 6-7 at Farmers & Merchants Bank, downtown. Sponsored by Crewest Gallery and curated by LA artist Man One, featuring large paintings that connect music and street art with a focus on LA and the UK. Music by DJ Phyz Ed and Young Einstein.

There are also discounts like $1 off McVities products at Cost Plus World Market (mmm, chocolate biscuits), and a $10 full English breakfast at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood.

Image via Copley Gallery website

Simone Snaith

About Simone Snaith

Simone Snaith writes young adult and fantasy novels, and sings in the band Turning Violet. A fan of scifi, fantasy, the supernatural and most things from the '80s, she enjoys reviewing music, books and movies. You can read about her own books at
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