Tamie Adaya, renowned art patron and owner of The Shangri-La, Hollywood's timeless iconic Art Deco hotel, is hosting a trilogy of star-studded cultural delights celebrating the best of British creativity. The American hotelier and entrepreneur is joining forces again with Nigel Lythgoe OBE and former British Consulate Bob Peirce, co-founders of BritWeek. The annual event, now in its tenth year, is a celebration of the creative fusion between the UK and the USA, focusing on film, music, arts and fashion.
With a rich history dating back three-quarters of a century, and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the luxury boutique oceanfront Shangri-La in Santa Monica has been the ultimate clandestine retreat for celebrities, Presidents, Royalty and the fashion glitterati. In the 1940's it attracted actors from the Golden Age of glamour such as Mae West and Jane Wyman, the future wife of President Ronald Reagan, to its beauty and tranquility. The luxurious hotel, set overlooking the Pacific Ocean, was also where a close confidant of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's helped conceive the idea of today's modern Navy Seal program just prior to U.S. involvement in World War II. Offering privacy, discretion, alongside glamour and sophistication in a timeless retreat with a modern twist, it has continued its celebrity appeal throughout the ages entertaining A-listers such as Madonna, Tom Cruise, Diane Keaton to Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.
But this month (April), Tamie Adaya will be beating the drum for the Brits in Hollywood. She'll be hosting and sponsoring a series of events showcasing the crème de la crème of Britain's talent including acclaimed fashion designer, Julien Macdonald, Vogue model and entrepreneur Felicity Hayward, designer Kim West and film director, Phil Strongman.
“I'm delighted to be joining forces again with Nigel Lythgoe and Bob Peirce,' says Tamie Adaya. “Through the creation of BritWeek, Nigel Lythgoe and Bob Peirce have strengthened and consolidated UK-USA cultural and business relations. Long may it continue.” Tamie Adaya, who considers London her “spiritual home,” and draws from British style, adds: “The Shangri-La and BritWeek is the perfect fit. Britain's cultural dynamism and sense of design is, for me, unparalleled, and in terms of sensibility, the Hotel Shangri-La is the UK's most westerly colony.”