What is SXSW Sydney?
How are you addressing and representing First Nations peoples at the event?
South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW Sydney is heading out of America for the first time to Sydney, Australia. The harbour city will host a collision of creativity and culture for changemakers near and far.
Held across 7 days and 7 nights from October 15-22, 2023 — you’ll see the convergence of innovation, music, screen, tech, games and culture. An essential destination for global professionals, SXSW Sydney features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities – proving that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.
What events can I expect from SXSW Sydney?
SXSW Sydney acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land where the event will take place. Representation is important to us and with the guidance of local Traditional Custodians, we are working to ensure the event recognises and respectfully upholds inclusive cultural protocols.
Our program is still being developed and will offer a diverse range of topics, people, and ideas – particularly alongside First Nations creators, entrepreneurs and beyond. After all, we know when these worlds collide, the most wonderful experiences emerge.
How does the Sydney event differ from the Austin event?
Bringing together inspired thinkers, creators and innovators in Tech & Innovation, Games, Music and Screen from across the world – SXSW Sydney will host a series of festivals, a conference and an expo, parties and more. Anything from 1:1 mentoring workshops to keynote speakers, interactive panels to networking lounges, film screenings to live music performances, tech demos to art installations, and of course – plenty of surprises.
How can I learn more about SXSW Sydney?
SXSW Sydney is an extension of the Austin event (and the first time the festival’s leaving home soil), delivering a program and experience that honours the original spirit while bringing Sydney’s own unique flair. As the gateway to Asia-Pacific, expect a whole host of innovation and creativity from the region that you won’t find anywhere else, plus Sydney’s harbourside view and sunny-side attitude! The event will take place across one week – so we’ll be packing a mighty punch. If you’re a SXSW maestro, you’ll notice some of our event formats and badge structures have been tweaked, and for our inaugural event, we won’t be including SXSW Edu. And while Tech and Innovation will still be major driving forces within the SXSW Sydney event, they won’t sit under the “SXSW Sydney Interactive” banner.
What topics does the SXSW Sydney Conference cover?
The SXSW Sydney website at www.sxswsydney.com is your first stop for information on the event, including news, the event’s history, and detailed information on the conference, festivals, and exhibitions. Check out the website footer to sign-up for our newsletters – you’ll be the first to know about any important updates about the event. For fresh content and highlights, find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin under “@SXSWsydney”.
Are there age restrictions on attending the event?
The SXSW Sydney Conference will discuss all things Tech & Innovation, Games, Music and Screen through multiple tracks. Each track has been designed for the SXSW Sydney community to experience the latest in forward-thinking ideas within their industry, and unlock the unexpected discoveries made possible when a diverse range of topics converge on stage.
Head to our Conference page for a breakdown of each of the 18 tracks we’ll explore during SXSW Sydney 2023.
Why is SXSW coming to Sydney, Australia?
Unless specific age restrictions are stated in the SXSW Online Schedule, all SXSW Conference and Festival programming may be attended by properly credentialed persons above the age of 13.
Children 12 years of age or younger may attend if accompanied at all times by a properly credentialed adult.
Adults accompanied by children should respect the right of all attendees to participate in SXSW without disruption and without concern for the safety of children. Adults concerned about age admission policies and age-appropriateness of specific programming should use common sense and rely on the online schedule for guidance.
SXSW attendees are subject to the age restrictions of each venue, including clubs and bars.
Will there be a SXSW Sydney Online in 2023?
SXSW Sydney has built a world-renowned brand across its 35-year history in Austin, TX.
By combining its globally recognised profile with a highlighted focus on the incredible creative strengths of the Asia Pacific region, SXSW Sydney reserves a newly rejuvenated position on the global major events calendar; as 2023’s must-attend city conference for discovery by creators and innovators worldwide.
When and where does the SXSW Sydney Conference take place?
No, SXSW Sydney 2023 will be a completely live event.
What Covid-19 safety measures will you have in place at SXSW Sydney 2023?
SXSW Sydney is about discovery, networking and fun – all within a walkable footprint across Sydney’s CBD and surrounding neighbourhoods. From Haymarket, Darling Harbour, Ultimo, to Chippendale and beyond – the city’s best museums, cinemas, parks, bars and restaurants will transform into a vibrant interconnected hub of future-focused ideas, parties, unique events and networking opportunities to uncover on every street corner.
Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our community. To ensure that we keep everyone as safe as is reasonably possible, SXSW Sydney will adhere to health regulations and COVID Safety protocols that are in place at the time of the event. These requirements may change based on advice from NSW Health, so please be sure to visit this page for the latest information.