Ignite Broward – Art and Light Festival

The Broward County Cultural Division and Mad Arts are pleased to announce the return of IGNITE Broward, South Florida’s most exciting, family-friendly festival of interactive art and technology. The third annual IGNITE festival runs from January 24 through 28, 2024 in Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach, with an array of immersive and interactive light and sound-based experiences created by top national and international artists and designers using the most innovative digital technologies.

Making this years’ public program even more dynamic and engaging, IGNITE 2024 offers a rich series of events. Throughout the festival, Mad Arts will host hands-on workshops, lectures and performances by Tine Bech Studio, Richard Vergez, and Holly Danger. From poetry readings to live performances that integrate traditional mural painting with digital projection art by Rosanna Kalis, these programs are thoughtfully curated for everyone to experience the power of immersive art.

Recognizing the need for a signature cultural event that would bring people together following the pandemic, the Broward Cultural Division established a partnership with Mad Arts to launch IGNITE Broward. Since 2022, the festival has grown from 10,000 visitors to over 30,000 in 2023.

Phillip Dunlap, director of the Broward Cultural Division, said he expects IGNITE’s audience to grow even further this January, noting the festival’s wide appeal. “The sensory-rich artworks on display show how groundbreaking technology can be used to create extraordinary social experiences that evoke a sense of wonder in us all,” he said.

“With 19 artists and 27 exhibits, IGNITE Broward is doubling in size for 2024, and we are honored to bring some of the most cutting-edge technologies and innovative talent to the Broward community,” said Marc Aptakin, CEO of Mad Arts. “Our goal for the third installment of IGNITE Broward is to create the most accessible, immersive experience for attendees of all ages.”

This year’s festival boasts artists from the United States, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, and Canada. Several of the artists will have their works remain on view for one year at the new Mad Arts Museum, set to open on January 30,

Lineup of events January 24-28, 2024

Daily 10 AM – 8 PM: 22 exhibits will take over the gallery and exterior spaces at Mad Arts in Dania Beach (481 S. Federal Highway), with extended viewing until 11 PM on Friday and Saturday. Artworks by Shuster + MoseleyLP RondeauAdrien M & Claire B, Studio McGuireOLO Creative Farm, Makoto Tojiki, JS Baillat, Ottomata, DiagrafThomas GarnierJaime Reyes + ReThreadHolly Danger, Richard Vergez, Akiko Yamashita, Josh Miller & Angela FraleighRosanna KalisMadLabs, and Tine Bech Studio will be on display.

Nightly 6 – 10 PM: Downtown Fort Lauderdale will feature five spectacular outdoor, digital, light-based art sculptures and 3D projection mapping installations at the Museum of Discovery & Science (401 SW 2 St.) and Esplanade Park (400 SW 2 St.) with extended viewing until 11 PM on Friday and Saturday. Artworks by MadLabsOttomata, ANAISA FRANCO STUDIOTine Bech Studio, and Scot DiStefano / Verve Multi will be on display.

More Information                      

All art experiences and events are free. Presented by Broward Cultural Division, in Partnership with Mad Arts, find more information: https://ignitebroward.com/

Mad Arts is a new initiative within the Mad agency that was created to provide a playground for art and artmaking. Mad understands and acknowledges the importance of free studio space, equipment, and exhibition space for artists’ creative practices to be focused, experimental, and rigorous as well as to thrive in their community. Mad Arts is committed to facilitating the growth and cultivation of artists and creatives at different stages in their careers and leveraging the creative energy generated in the space to create exceptional arts programming. Founded in 2016 by Marc Aptakin, the Mad Arts studios and galleries are driven by the continuous desire to explore and strengthen the cultural and artistic significance of its creative community. For more information, visit yeswearemadarts.com.

The Broward Cultural Division advances arts and culture throughout greater Fort Lauderdale by investing in the creative sector and providing capacity-building opportunities for artists, organizations, and creative talent through events and activities that fuel Broward’s creative infrastructure. The Cultural Division includes the county’s Public Art & Design program, as well as grant programs that provide over $6 million in annual support for Broward-based cultural organizations and artists and engages the community in education and advocacy initiatives. For more information on programs, grants, calls-to-artists, and more, visit @BrowardArts on Instagram, Facebook, or online at Broward.org/arts.

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