Follow the light to IGNITE Broward, Jan. 26 – 30, a new, family-friendly immersive art experience showcasing interactive light and video installations created by leading contemporary artists and designers.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale will come alive from 6-10 p.m. nightly with outdoor digital, light-based and 3-D projection mapping art at the Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 S.W. 2nd St., and across the street at Esplanade Park.
After the sun rises, indoor video, light and design exhibitions will be on display at MAD Arts, 481 S. Federal Hwy. in Dania Beach, daily from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and extended viewing until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
IGNITE Broward builds on the Broward Cultural Division's “Light the Night” festival, which took place in March 2021 just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a new name, an expanded roster of artists and mediums, and new locations, IGNITE Broward is sure to become a must-see annual event, said Cultural Division Director Phil Dunlap.
“It’s going to be bigger and better,” Dunlap said. “Last time, we focused on local artists, although their mediums may not have been projection or technology, and on downtown [Fort Lauderdale]. This year, we sought artists who specifically work with light and technology in their art and we’ve added indoor installations in Dania Beach.”
Featured artists include Susan Narduli, David Carson, Edison Peñafiel and Marcel Andristyak. Narduli was also commissioned earlier to create the art lighting that will be installed on the Andrews Avenue drawbridge later this year and will work on a complementary project for the 3rd Ave. bridge over the New River, also in downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The IGNITE Broward kickoff is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. on the Museum of Discovery & Science terrace. The event will include food trucks and live music. Broward County Mayor Michael Udine will activate the installations at 6 p.m.
A series of talks exploring the intersection of technology and art will also take place during the event's five-day run, which coincides with Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week (FTLADW), Dunlap added. The goal of FTLADW is to unite the county’s diverse range of artists and institutions and highlight the region as an international cultural destination. In addition to the IGNITE events, FTLADW will celebrate art, architecture, cinema, dance, design, music and theater.
For more information, go to ArtsCalendar.com/Ignite. Admission to all IGNITE Broward art experiences and talks is free and open to the public. To learn more about Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week, go to FTLADW.com.