For those who aren’t familiar, BritWeek is an annual celebration held on the west coast, honoring the unique mixture of British and California cultures. For its 2012 celebration, it has chosen to honor CNN’s Piers Morgan during its sixth annual gala (which runs from April 24 to May 7 this year).
BritWeek’s founder is Nigel Lythgoe, a Wirral, England, native who serves as a judge on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and a producer on American Idol. Past honorees of BritWeek have included Tony Blair, Sir Richard Branson and Timothy Leiweke (President and CEO of the Anschutz Entertainment Group). And the fete, which raises money for various charities, has been frequented by British transplants like David Beckham and Daniel Craig. It’s a fun, quirky series of events celebrating a very specific niche.
The beginnings of BritWeek are actually pretty simple. In 2007, Lythgoe approached then-British Consul General Bob Peirce with the idea. Peirce was keen to it, and an event was born. BritWeek has grown to now include film, design, and business innovation elements, as well as the large gala featuring the year’s honoree. “BritWeek is about what happens when British creativity meets Californian opportunity,” Lythgoe says, “and the result of that is always going to be exciting.” And Morgan, a hybrid of the two worlds, is, if nothing else, an exciting personality.
Watch highlights from the 2011 celebration below, courtesy of BritWeek.org:
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