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Broward County Culminates Centennial Celebration With 3-Day Duende Finale Weekend

Months of festivities surrounding Broward's centennial, also known as Broward 100, will come to an end this weekend, but the county's birthday bash isn't going out without a bang.

From Friday to Sunday, Broward County is hosting a three-day public celebration of the arts, culture and community. The Broward 100 "Duende" finale will feature street performers, flash mobs, light shows, a local band battle and more in locations across Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano Beach.

Not to be missed out on? “WE . . . The Passion & Rhythm of the People," a Broadway-style performance at the Broward Center featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning entertainer Jon Secada and recording artist Linda Eder, along with “So You Think You Can Dance” winner Eliana Girard, YouTube hip-hop phenomenon Marquese Scott, “The Voice” breakout star Sisaundra Lewis and “X-Factor” singer Lillie McCloud. 

This year's inaugural Duende celebration will kick off an annual showcase of Broward County's talent.

"[We] look forward to celebrating our 101st next year with another Duende weekend,” Nicki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a press release.


See the full weekend schedule below:

Friday, Oct. 2

Grand Opening Takeover

6 p.m. to 3 a.m. on SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale

Street performers, drum battle, live bands and DJs, flash mobs, dance, rock, jazz, hip hop, street art, light shows and projections.

Funtastic Friday & Arts Park Movie

5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood

Family-friendly activities followed by a screening of "The Boxtrolls" (2014) on the Amphitheater Screen.


Saturday, Oct. 3

Party of the Century

11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on SW 2nd Street in Fort Lauderdale

Top musical acts and an international blend of dance, hip hop, salsa, reggae, pop and house at the East, West and Middle Stages.

Duende Family Interactive at Esplanade

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Esplanade Park

Interactive art booth, art bus, bounce house, egg time capsule, musical instrument petting zoo, nest lounge, costume tent, and edible art stations.

Duende Family at the Amaturo Theater

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Amaturo Theater

Start with the singing of "Happy Birthday Broward" by Hallandale High's chorus, and watch other Broward high school and college performance groups sing, dance and perform on stage. Activities conclude with a fashion show.

"WE . . . The Passion & Rhythm of the People"

8 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' Au Rene Theater; tickets start at $25

Directed by Cirque Dreams founder and Broadway director Neil Goldberg, “WE” is a Broadway-style show illuminating Broward County’s culture, talent and diversity with awe-inspiring performances, spectacular theatrics and stunning visuals. 

Renowned celebrity artists will be joined on stage by a cast of over 100 talented South Florida musicians, dancers, poets, choirs, athletes and creative variety acts celebrating the community “WE” call home. ​

Duende Plus ArtsPark Live!

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at ArtsPark at Young Circle in Hollywood

Performance by LEGACY, a 10-member band, featuring the sounds of the '50s, '60s and '70s.


Sunday, Oct. 4

Duende A.M.P. Fest

3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Pompano Beach Amphitheater

Local bands compete for Most Amped Performance and winner will perform followed by Sammy Figueroa, Otis Cadillac, The Jason Taylor Foundation’s Bluapple Poetry Network and Body and Soul Dance Theatre.

Also, 12 artists will compete against each other to create a new work of art during 45-minute preliminary rounds. At this ARTwar, only one artist will become the winner.

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