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Artopia At NSU Art Museum Is Ready To Bring A Night Of Nonstop Art To Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Art lovers will want to make their way to downtown Fort Lauderdale this weekend for an evening of endless musical performances and visual art.

Artopia, presented by the Gay & Lesbian Business Exchange (GLBX), returns to the NSU Art Museum for its third annual art extravaganza on Saturday, Sept. 24.

“It’s an incredible evening of nonstop entertainment, surprises and spectacular interactive experiences,” said Andy Perrott, event chair for Artopia.

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The event, which begins at 7 p.m., strives to celebrate the diversity of Broward County’s professional communitybringing these locals together on one night for something other than a business mixer, according to Perrott. 

The celebration of the arts will provide guests with three hours of nonstop entertainment, from fashion displays to one-act theatre performances, a choral performance and more.

“Something new happens every 10 minutes all night long,” Perrott said.

Guests can also dance to live music, visit the different art exhibits throughout the museum, and enjoy complimentary food and cocktails.

Since its first installment, Artopia has grown exponentially, according to Perrott. This year there will be singers, DJs and musical groups from around the country. The event also promises to treat guests to surprise performances.

“I don’t want to give too much away, since it is supposed to be a surprise, but one of the performances involves the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida,” Perrott said.

Other events planned include a 3D virtual reality painting experience. 

“Guests will put on these 3D glasses and use the space around them and the controllers to paint,” Perrott said.

The night will wrap up with another surprise performance sponsored by the Hard Rock.

“It’s an incredibly complicated show by Light Up The Night. [It’s] made up of all LED lights, and there are elements that are hidden in the stage structure that will come to life in a really surprising, unexpected way,” Perrott said.

Tickets are priced from $100 (GA) to $150 (VIP) and can be purchased at glbx.org.

Gold Coast magazine is a media sponsor for this event. 

(Images from Artopia 2015 courtesy of GLBX. Photography by Ron Glazer)