Huge news. For the first time in its 36-year run, South by Southwest (SXSW) is expanding outside of the US—and it’s coming to the sparkling shores of Sydney.
SXSW takes place in Austin, Texas and is one of the biggest events in the world. Part-conference and part-festival, it has been responsible for kick-starting countless creative careers, bringing together people from across the creative industries involved—from performers and writers to engineers and producers.
To give you an idea, SXSW has hosted the likes of Barack Obama, Jordan Peele, Taika Waititi, Brené Brown, Prince, Michelle Yeoh, Melinda Gates, Elizabeth Warren, and Snoop Dogg in the past. Yep, it’s a massive deal.
So, what will SXSW Sydney look like? SXSW Sydney is a collaboration with TEG, the NSW Government and Destination NSW, and it'll be the official Asia-Pacific arm of SXSW. For now, registration is open via the SXSW Sydney website—so we can’t drop any names just yet.
What we do know is that it's happening from Sunday 15 till Sunday 22 October 2023. Across seven days and nights, Sydney will become a hub for all things music, screen, gaming, tech and innovation with over 1000 sessions, screenings, performances activations, and parties taking place all over the city. Pencil. It. In.
“SXSW Sydney will provide significant benefits for the NSW visitor economy, with unparalleled networking opportunities to advance our tech and creative industries. The very best of the creative and tech industries in the Asia-Pacific will be on display during SXSW Sydney, while also drawing thousands of people from around the world to enjoy our spectacular Harbour City,” said Minister for Enterprise, Investment and Trade, Minister for Tourism and Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayers in a statement.
After years of lockouts and lockdowns, it sure does seem like Sydney is finally making its comeback.
What: SXSW Sydney
When: Sunday 15 – Sunday 22 October 2023
SXSW Sydney will run from 15–22 October 2023. Registrations of interest are now open via the SXSW website and you can stay up to date via Instagram.
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