The iconic futurist conference and arts festival South By Southwest (SXSW) is set to venture outside North America for the first time ever when it arrives in Sydney in 2023. The renowned celebration of creativity and innovation will be coming to Sydney from Sunday, October 15 until Sunday, October 22, 2023.
SXSW Sydney will gather the world’s most inspired thinkers, creators and innovators for an agenda-setting exploration of the best in Music, Screen, Gaming, Technology and Innovation. With keynotes and panel sessions to be revealed soon, SXSW Sydney will be 2023’s must-attend event for those seeking to discover and shape future trends, emerging technology, and access unrivalled international networking opportunities.
SXSW Sydney will become the official annual Asia-Pacific instalment of SXSW, which launched in 1987 in Austin, Texas and has included speakers and artists such as Barack Obama, Jordan Peele, Dave Grohl, Michelle Obama, Taika Waititi, Brené Brown, Steven Spielberg, Mark Cuban, Lady Gaga, Christiane Amanpour, Esther Perel, Jennifer Doudna, Prince, Michelle Yeoh, Ava DuVernay, Maria Ressa, Amy Webb, Billie Eilish, Melinda Gates, Elizabeth Warren and Snoop Dogg.
As Australia’s only truly global city and gateway for international arrivals, Sydney’s cultural diversity makes it the perfect incubator for creative ingenuity. Sydney continues to lead the way in tech-innovation, boasting an eclectic creative footprint, ranking second in Asia for fin-tech development, and sixth globally.
“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. 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,” said SXSW Sydney Managing Director Colin Daniels.
Jann Baskett, Chief Brand Officer of SXSW Austin added, “The purpose of SXSW is to help creative people achieve their goals. When we’re able to connect people and provide content that celebrates emerging topics and industries, we are fulfilling this purpose. Sydney, and its future-focused culture, is the perfect place to extend that reach and share the inspiration and unexpected discoveries that make our event unique.”