The week-long creativity festival, South by Southwest (SXSW), is breaking ground in Sydney this year. Traditionally held in Austin, Texas, this October will see a second 2023 outing for the annual event featuring a stellar line-up of headline speakers.
With over 1,000 events and experiences to explore Game Crater has you covered when it comes to staying informed on SXSW Sydney.
SXSW Sydney Conference will consist of Music, Games, and Screen Festivals and a Tech and Innovation Expo. This comes out to over 700 speakers, 300 panels and sessions, and 400 artist performances.
Attendees can partake in hands-on workshops, mentoring sessions, galleries, performance spaces and so much more. Running from the 15th to the 22nd of October, SXSW Sydney will have various activities spanning a multitude of days.
15-19 Oct: Tech & Innovation industry networking events and parties
15-21 Oct: SXSW Sydney 2023 Screen Festival
16-19 Oct: Screen & Games industry networking events and parties
16-21 Oct: Creative industries networking events and parties
16-21 Oct: Conference
18-19 Oct: SXSW Sydney Pitch
18-21 Oct: Tech & Innovation Expo, incl. Startup Village
18-21 Oct: SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival
18-21 Oct: Music industry networking events and parties
Discussions will cover a number of topics ranging from “Death and dying in video games” to “When music videos meet AI”. The following list includes some of the recently announced sessions decided partially by vote.
Immersive Audio – The Future of Entertainment
Hip-Hop: How A Generation Is Changing The World
Asian Creators Index: The Most Exciting Names You’ve Never Heard
Question Everything LIVE
Unleashing The Power of Storytelling to Ignite Indigenous Leadership
The Science of Sync: Music in Advertising
Yarning Strong – Songlines: The Intersection of Music, Creativity and Culture
Additionally, SXSW Sydney has recently announced Paul Tollett (Coachella CEO), Tan France (Queer Eye), Cal Henderson (Slack Co-Founder), and Amy Webb (AI expert) will be headlining the event.
For you hungry gamers out there, SXSW Sydney will feature a showcase of 150 indie games coming from 12 confirmed countries. Devs interested in making a submission to the showcase have until 16 August before submissions close. Best of all, submitting a game is absolutely free.
Fortress Sydney will be hosting launches, parties Awards Night, and other special programs. Notable speakers and other attendees include Riot Games, Raw Fury, Team 17, Kepler Interactive & Kowloon Nights, and Invest South Australia among others.
Rounding out the experience are various panels, sessions, investment meets, a dedicated tabletop convention, and the now sold-out Intel Extreme Masters.
This Film and TV Festival consists of free outdoor screenings, red-carpet premieres, features, shorts, TV premieres, music videos, and a competition. Currently listed screenings include the following:
Anita (US): About Rolling Stones Muse Anita Pallenberg
Cypher (US): A fictional pseudo-music documentary about the artist Tierra Whack
Gagaland (CN): A rags-to-riches, boy-meets-girl story, set against a viral Chinese dance craze flooding streets and social media feeds
Jamojaya (US): Indonesian rap star Brian Imanuel (Rich Brian) stars as an up-and-coming musician
Plastic (JP): Teenagers Juna and Ibuki set out to find the psychedelic rock band Exne Kedy
Knit’s Island (FR): ‘DayZ’ is a survivalist fiction in the form of a videogame. Knit’s Island documents some of the 963 hours the directors spent in there in an at times unsettling blurring of the real and the virtual
The Last Year of Darkness (US/CN): Bass-heavy and neon-colored portrait of alternative Chinese youth
You’ll Never Find Me (AU): A lonely mobile home resident has an unexpected visitor on the night of a relentless thunderstorm
Toky Uber Blues (JP): An in-debt graduate Film Student turns to Uber driving to make ends meet.
Industry badges are currently priced at AUD$1095, but will eventually rise to AUD$1295 leading up to the event. Alternatively, a Platinum badge offering Primary Access to all events including exclusive VIP meet-ups and invitations is AUD$1495, with an eventual price of AUD$1895.