SXSW Online 2021 — Revive and Thrive
Covid-19 Virtual Festival season continues as live venues, restaurants and performers around the globe come to accept the new worldwide reality. Additionally, festivals that traditionally support these creators are also reinventing themselves. For over 30 years, South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals has connected business and talent across the spectrum. This year SXSW Online 2021 will push virtual boundaries as far as possible.
The festival takes place every March in Austin, Texas. It merges technology, film, art and music, providing unique opportunities for discovery. Some of the most famous ventures hatched at SXSW include livestreaming, YouTube, Twitter and Foursquare. South by Southwest encapsulates a world where the exchange of ideas, art, and technology combine to create excitement and innovation.
What to Expect
SXSW Online 2021 is a chance to experience the full, exciting slate of speakers and events from the comfort of home. A virtual pass provides you access to engaging interviews, curated streams, and sessions with hundreds of interesting speakers. From music to film to technology, SXSW covers a broad range of topics and interests. Find the full schedule here. The diverse lineup at the SXSW Film Festival ranges from documentary features and episodic premieres to animated shorts and music videos. Every film is eligible for an Audience Award within its Screening Section, providing game-changing opportunities for debut filmmakers to create buzz at SXSW.
Organized around seven themes, the SXSW Conference features over 230 conference sessions with industry leaders and forward thinkers. It is a gathering of true iconoclasts and rebels with ideas to transform the future. Professionals at all levels can benefit from the networking, mentor sessions, and workshops offered. New this year is the Creative Industries Exhibition, which will serve as the epicenter of business for the festival. An online expo featuring dynamic organizations, from startups to established industry leaders, to share their ideas and products.
SXSW Online 2021 Trouble Makers and Mold breakers
SXSW is the place for artists using emerging technologies in new ways. It is a festival for makers, who create unique experiences outside of traditional channels with new technologies. It is a gathering of true iconoclasts and rebels, the ones stirring things up in their culture and communities.
SXSW was the first big festival to take a hit from the global pandemic and was cancelled one week before it was slated to begin. This was devastating to many creatives as well as the small businesses who suffered from a lack of visitors. The positive economic impact of SXSW is substantial for local businesses and should not be discounted. However, the shift to virtual festivals has, in fact, created greater accessibility to events worldwide.
Plus, no need to travel when the SXSW Online XR brings Austin to you. XR allows you to experience select venues. The Paramount Theatre and the Red River Cultural District are recreated in fantastical virtual versions. SXSW Online XR will host live sessions, meetups, and other special events. Additionally, a selection of 360° videos from the Virtual Cinema program and the SXSW Film Festival Poster Gallery will be on view. Watch content created specifically for the VR world at SXSW Online XR. The VRChat worlds can be experienced on PC, PCVR and Oculus Quest headsets.
SXSW was already the place for artists using emerging technologies, a festival for makers who create unique experiences outside of traditional channels. The virtual format only generates more opportunities for cultural exchange, learning, and the possibility of breakthrough technologies.
SXSW Online 2021 will take place Mar. 16-20. Passes are available for purchase online with group and student discounts available. Live sessions and events are available across five channels on the event platform mobile app and through the Connected TV app for Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku®, Samsung Smart TV, and Android TV.