IGNITE Broward, presented by Broward County Cultural Division in partnership with MAD Arts, features immersive large-scale projection mapping and interactive light sculptures and installations in Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach, Florida.
Observe and be part of incredible visual experiences projected onto a variety of surfaces, objects, and walls.
Witness the transformation of light and expression across a range of objects and sculptures.
Immerse yourself and interact with a variety of thought-provoking and captivating exhibits that defy the senses.
The award-winning IGNITE Broward festival is expanding in January 2023, with more art and bigger activations created by top national and international artists and designers. The five-day event will feature interactive and immersive light-based art and sound installations.
Dania Beach: Mad Arts
Fort Lauderdale: Esplanade Park and Museum of Discovery & Science
From January 25th through January 29th, IGNITE Broward offers five days and nights of free immersive art experiences. The festival takes place at two locations (in Dania Beach and Fort Lauderdale), with daytime and evening options to attend. Keep reading for more info!
The Dania location offers indoor experiences and is open daily (10 AM – 8 PM, with extended viewing until 10 PM on Friday and Saturday nights).
Everything in downtown Fort Lauderdale takes place outdoors in the evenings (6 – 10 PM, and until 11 PM on Friday and Saturday). Each location features five incredible art experiences by international artists.
Downtown Fort Lauderdale’s Esplanade Park features four installations that are located in the park’s gazebo, along the Riverwalk, among the trees on the west side of the park (below the Broward Center for the Performing Arts), and at the park’s center. Cross the street and you’ll find a fifth installation projected onto the facade of the Mu-seum of Discovery & Science (MODS).
There are several – from chances to meet the artists to a panel about NFTs, poetry readings, and other live performances! You can view all of them here.
All IGNITE events are free and open to the public. Also, don’t forget that Fort Lauder-dale Art & Design Week is also running concurrently, so there are even more events to explore in the area here, including:
Parking is free, with a parking lot adjacent to the building on SE 5th Street.
Car: Parking garages and metered street parking are available immediately surrounding the downtown Fort Lauderdale location. The closest parking garage is the Arts & Science District Garage on the corner of SW 2nd Street. For directions, click here.
Boat: View the art from the Intracoastal. There is also a free water trolley that will bring you to the downtown Fort Lauderdale location. Find your route here.
Tunnel closure: FYI the Henry E. Kinney Tunnel will temporarily be closed January 23-27 so please plan to use an alternate route if you’re traveling near or around the New River Tunnel underneath Las Olas Boulevard.
You are welcome to bring your own food to the nightly outdoor installations in Esplanade Park. The park’s greenspace will be open throughout the duration of each evening, so feel free to bring a blanket and relax on the lawn with a picnic!
There is also a wide variety of restaurants within walking distance of the Fort Lauderdale activation and nearby the Dania location. Here are some options:
Pizza Craft, open 11 AM – 11 PM
Sushi Song Fort Lauderdale, open 11 AM – 4 AM
Bodega Taqueria, open 11:30 AM – 12 AM
Rivertail, open 4 – 10 PM
WHARF Fort Lauderdale, open 4 PM – 12 AM, excluding Wednesdays
Bake Shack, open 7 AM – 3 PM
Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant, open 11:30 AM – 11 PM
Can we go into the Museum of Discovery & Science (MODS) too?
The nightly activations take place after MODS has closed. However, if you catch a late afternoon showtime at the museum’s IMAX theater, you will walk through one of the IGNITE activations when you exit the theater at night.
IGNITE Broward is presented by Broward County Cultural Division and is produced by the creative solutions firm, Mad Arts. Sponsored by Visit Lauderdale and the City of Fort Lauderdale, IGNITE is also supported by Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale and the Mu-seum of Discovery & Science.