Stop Everything: South By Southwest Is Coming to Sydney

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South By Southwest (aka SXSW) is one of the most popular festivals in the United States, and next year — for the first time ever — it will leave North America and head down under.

Launched in 1987, South By Southwest is an annual festival that celebrates film, interactive media and music. In 2023, South By Southwest will take place in Austin in March as usual, and then hold its first SXSW Sydney festival in October.

SXSW Sydney is set to put on over 1,000 events across the city, from film screenings to talks, activations and parties. Basically? It’s going to be a capital-B Big Deal.

Colin Daniels, the managing Director of SXSW Sydney, said in a statement to the Sydney Morning Herald that the spin off will make Sydney the place to be, to catch international thinkers, creators, innovators and performers.

“Focusing on the creator industries in the Asia Pacific region, SXSW Sydney will celebrate what’s next in culture, tech and the regions thriving creative economy,” Daniels said.

“Sydney will play host to more than 1,000 experiences across the city encompassing keynote speakers, inspiring panels and summits, product demonstrations, artists performances, screenings, live gaming sessions and a myriad of networking events and parties. Sydney will be alive with future-focused activities like never seen before.”

Event producer for SXSW Sydney Geoff Jones added that “SXSW is the Olympics of events for the creator industries”.

Of course, as any huge destination event would be, SXSW Sydney is set to be great for the local Sydney economy, with Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres stating that it “will provide significant benefits for the NSW visitor economy, with unparalleled networking opportunities to advance our tech and creative industries”.

Ayres continued: “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.”

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What Is South By Southwest?

South by Southwest celebrates the convergence of tech, film, music, education and culture. Founded in Austin, Texas in 1987, it’s become the global destination for creative people to connect, collaborate and achieve their goals.

When Is SXSW Sydney?

The inaugural SXSW Sydney will be held on October 15 – 22, 2023.

Who Will Be at SXSW Sydney?

Sadly, it’s too soon to say, but you can follow SXSW Sydney on Twitter or head to SXSWSydney.com for updates. Check back here, and we’ll update this post when we know more!

How Do I Get Tickets to SXSW Sydney?

It’s a little too early for that, unfortunately! But you can head to SXSWSydney.com for updates.

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