4) South by Southwest is a collaboration of interactive, film, and music festivals that take place every spring in Austin, Texas. It has been growing in size and recognition every year, since its origins in 1987. People come from all over the world, and all walks of life to contribute, perform, and observe. SXSW annually hosts some of the world’s most innovative and knowledgable minds. Its success has inspired the birth of many similar festivals.
5) SXSW originally began as a music festival and conference, and was created to help local musicians reach out to a larger audience. To successfully draw interest from sponsors and spectators, the festival would have to appeal to a national and international audience. Due to the nature of the city, and its responsive interest and support for new music, Austin has captured the interests of music industry and music fans alike.
The SXSW Interactive, Film, and Music festivals are organized independently, but are run in a sequentially order, and have their own starting and ending dates. I assume this is to avoid detracting or overlapping from other genres of interest, and it allows all participants get a fair amount acknowledgment for their work.
There are so many free events and performances, along with free food, drinks, and other goodies, the only expense you’ll have to pay is the gas and parking to get there!
Most music events are unofficial and require only an advanced RSVP, not an official badge. They are concentrated in downtown Austin at a host of venues. There are many websites that list the daily events, and are extremely helpful. I recommend Do512.com and Myfreeconcert.com. Bring as few things as possible, only the necessities! Many of the events are 21+ so be sure to check before you go!
Mark your calendars! This year, the dates are as follows: Interactive from March 7–11, Film from March 7–15, and Music from March 11–16.
[Here is some additional information straight from the source, to better your knowledge of the infinite events offered, from a surplus of subgenres. This will help you more efficiently plan your personal SXSW experience.]
MUSIC: “South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, the world’s leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music is now in its 28th year.”
“About SXSW Music”. Retrieved from http://sxsw.com/music/about
FUN FACT: “Austin’s boasts a very eclectic music scene and encompasses a wide variety of music including country, folk, jazz, blues and rock. Central Austin boasts more original music nightclubs in a concentrated area than any other city in the world.”
“History”. Retrieved from http://sxsw.com/music/history
FILM: “Every March, creatives of all stripes gather in Austin to witness, inspire, and share the visions that will galvanize the filmmakers and ideas of tomorrow. The SXSW® Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drive entertainment and media, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition.”
“About SXSW Film”. Retrieved from http://sxsw.com/film/about
INTERACTIVE: “The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Join us in March 2014 for the sessions, the networking, the evening events, the 17th Annual SXSW Interactive Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film andSXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.Launched in 1994, SXSW Interactive has changed a lot and covered a lot of ground in our first 21 years. We have also been lucky enough to enjoy tremendous growth — both in quantity of registrants but also in quality of experience (which is ultimately a much more important measure of success). Through all these changes, however, our commitment to innovation, inspiration and creativity has remained remarkably consistent.”
“About the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival”.
Retrieved from http://sxsw.com/interactive/about