HOLLYWOOD CA (Hollywood Today) 04/26/2012
Photos & facts by Karen Ostlund
Jaguar, lead-sponsor of Britweek kicked off 6th Annual Britweek at a Hancock Park mansion on Muirfield Road last Tuesday. It was a star-studded reception including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, British Consul General Dame Barbara Hay and Councilman Tom LaBonge. The new Jaguar Convertible XKR-S was featured on the red carpet.
2012 is the 6th year for Britweek celebrating the British influence and culture here in Los Angeles. Britweek founder Nigel Lythgoe, best known from American Idol and Chairman Bob Peirce welcomed guests with a champagne, fish & chips reception at the British Consulate Residence.
The Los Angeles program is a two week celebration, which will end May 7th. The program includes film and television, music, art, lectures, fashion, design, and business innovation.
Major events will include; The BritWeek 2012 gala, hosted by Piers Morgan on May 4th, the third annual BritWeek UKTI Business Innovation Awards dinner, which was held April 25th (competition judges included Ian Callum, Design Director at Jaguar, BritWeek’s lead sponsor) and the fourth annual BritWeek Film and TV Summit hosted by Variety on April 27th at Intercontinental Hotel.
Art events will include; Britweek T4C Art Battle & Awards at Continental Gallery and after-reception at Farmers & Merchants Bank, April 26th and the Six Shooters Rock Photography Exhibition at Mr. Musichead Gallery, April 28th.
Britweek’s Style & Fashion event will take place May 1st at Essensuals London hair-salon on Melrose across from Fred Segal.
On May 5th, Christopher Guy, designer of the world’s most fabulous furniture, will host the elite of the LA design world at the red carpet opening of his new West Hollywood showroom; he will present his second annual BritWeek Design Awards and honor the world’s leading milliner, Philip Treacy, who serves as a judge for these awards.
For a full schedule of BritWeek events, go to www.britweek.org
The XKR-S Convertible receives the performance, dynamics, design, and interior upgrades originally introduced on its coupe sibling to create the fastest ever open-top Jaguar GT.
The car made its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show last year, and is the fastest convertible Jaguar ever built.
It’s also the fastest, with the XKR-S sprinting from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, and
shares the same exterior appointments as its hardtop sibling, featuring a new front bumper with wider, lower air intake and a carbon fiber splitter.
Jaguar offers a test-driving experience at Dodger Stadium during Britweek, May 3rd-5th.
Britweek sponsors included BBC Worldwide, Boots, Fairmont Miramar Hotel, and Jaguar & UKTI