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Producers: Four "spectaculars" to anchor Balboa Park centennial

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A yearlong celebration of the centennial of Balboa Park will be based around four major shows that will hopefully draw international attention to San Diego, the producers of the 2015 events said Tuesday.

At a news conference to unveil programming plans for the 100th anniversary, producers Phil Green and Adam Burke said a series of "spectaculars" would anchor the celebration.

"The big shows, elements that hundreds of thousands of people can participate in and watch -- these are the ones that draw the eyes of the world to San Diego," Green said.

He revealed three of them -- a water show to honor the Navy and Port of San Diego, a made-for-television concert at Friendship Park on the U.S.-Mexico border featuring musical acts from both countries, and a gala weekend with music and costumes circa 1915.

The gala weekend will also include video projections on facades of Balboa Park buildings to show how they appeared that first year.

"The idea is that the entire park will come to life the way it was in 1915," Green said.

He said the fourth "spectacular" would be a surprise.

Many other events will take place throughout the year in Balboa Park, many with an international focus, according to Burke.

Green added that the Spreckels Organ Pavilion will be given world-class sound and lighting.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said out-of-towners will be disappointed that they live elsewhere.

"They're going to see a city that I think is going to be vibrant, exciting, a great place to do business," Filner said. "They're going to see a city that is family-friendly, with an emphasis on education and recreation opportunities. They're going to see diversity, with a rich heritage and culture that embraces everyone."

The mayor said visitors will also see how the city leads in business sectors like health, communications and alternative energy, strong arts and culture, and how San Diego is a border city that celebrates its binational relationships.

He estimated it would cost $30 million to get the celebration "off the ground," $50 million to make it good and $100 million for it to be spectacular.

"We have great expectations for raising enough money to make this happen," Filner said.

He said the events would kick off with a welcoming celebration on Dec. 31, 2014.

Burke said programming plans can be scaled to how much funding is received.

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