Annual celebration of British business and culture in South Florida kicks off February 10 with weeklong lineup of special events and presentations
The 4th Annual BritWeek Miami, in collaboration with the British Consulate-General Miami and UK Trade & Investment, is a weeklong series of business and cultural events designed to celebrate and build the thriving relationship between the UK and Florida, and will take place February 10-17, 2016. This year’s lineup honors British influence across commerce and culture including the world of art, music, business, sport, technology, trade and finance, with a series of events made possible by the support of over 60 partners, including gold sponsors AFEX, Bentley, Carnival Corporation, and Romero Britto. BritWeek Miami’s charity of choice is The Little Dreams Foundation, whose mission is helping fulfill the dreams of talented young kids without the financial means to achieve their goals in music, sport and art. This year, all 10 Little Dreamers will perform at various events throughout the week.
While the week’s events range across multiple industries, the common thread among them is the importance of diversity, a key platform of the British government. A prime example is An Exploration of Street Art, hosted by Miami Club Rum right in the heart of Wynwood, highlighting the work of British and US street artists with works by Inkie and ABSTRK inspired by multiculturalism. The GREAT Business Innovation Awards Gala is a showcase for the trade relationship between UK and Florida, as it will recognize 14 of the most innovative British companies doing business in Florida, Floridian companies that are making a positive contribution to the UK economy, and the leading individuals and organizations that have helped further the bilateral economic partnership. During the Miami Boat Show, BritWeek and the UKTI are partnering with the International SeaKeepers Society for a special evening soiree and networking reception, Nautical Britain. No British event would be complete without a sporting connection and this year BritWeek does not disappoint. Legendary Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer will be on hand for a UK vs. India Invitation Cricket Match, featuring HM Consul-General Dave Prodger and HM The Queen’s eldest grandson and BritWeek ambassador, Peter Phillips, followed by an Indian feast. The closing event of BritWeek Miami 2016 is Shakespeare on the Move, an extraordinary event commemorating the 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, hosted by FIU and the Frost Museum at FIU. The evening will feature five acts that include musical performances, spoken word, a special outdoor film presentation, curated tours of Shakespeare’s First Folio, and much more.
“The British community in South Florida is as dynamic as it is diverse, and BritWeek Miami celebrates the British impact on both a local and global scale, but specifically how it has contributed to the region’s rich multicultural dialogue,” said David Prodger, HM-Consul General.
“When we first brought BritWeek to Miami three years ago, we had no idea we would receive such an overwhelmingly positive response from the South Florida community, and support from both British and Florida based companies alike who see the benefit of celebrating the relationship. We are thrilled to already have opportunities lining up for our fifth edition in 2017,” said Justin Jones, BritWeek Miami Director and Co-Founder.
For more information on BritWeek Miami 2016 including the full event schedule, please visit http://www.britweek.org/britweek-miami/ and follow our official hashtag #britweekmiami.