South by Southwest Conference expands to Australia in 2023

The South by Southwest Conference is expanding beyond its longtime home of Austin, Texas to Sydney, Australia.

SXSW Sydney will host a seven day celebration of technology, film and music from 15th to 22nd October 2023. As in Austin, the satellite conference will bring together thought leaders, innovators and creatives from every industry for keynote talks, panels and demonstrations.

“We couldn’t be more excited and honored to partner with TEG and the New South Wales Government through Destination NSW on an event that brings to Australia the career opportunities and unexpected discoveries that make SXSW unique,” said SXSW Co-Founder and CEO Roland swenson “SXSW’s purpose is to help creative people achieve their goals and Sydney is the ideal city to serve as a home for the cross-collaboration that exists across the many industries we bring together.”

SXSW Sydney is a collaboration with events producer TEG, the New South Wales Government and Destination NSW. It will be the official annual Asia Pacific edition of SXSW, established in 1987. Past speakers include Barack Obama, Brené Brown, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Melinda Gates, Elizabeth Warren, Snoop Dogg, Michelle Yeoh, Taika Waititi and Jordan Peele.

As part of the expansion, Colin Daniels has been appointed Managing Director of SXSW Sydney. Hugh Forrest, Interactive Director at SXSW, narrates diversity that program announcements will follow in the coming months and that the event will seek to use numbers from both the Pacific Rim and local Silicon Valley and Hollywood actors.

Geoff Jones, Group CEO of TEG, added: “SXSW is an internationally unparalleled event that has kick-started the careers of so many creative professionals. By showcasing the creative industries of Asia Pacific, SXSW Sydney will establish a new SXSW touchpoint, enabling the international and cross-industry connections that deliver the most innovative products and content.”

Editor’s note: PMC is the largest shareholder of SXSW and its brands are official media partners of SXSW.

https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/sxsw-australia-2023-1235306239/ South by Southwest Conference expands to Australia in 2023

Charles Jones

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