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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


SXSW Sydney just gets bigger and bigger!

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SXSW Sydney just got a whole lot bigger! The futurist conference and festivals inaugural Sydney event has revealed a bevy of talented artists and speakers set to appear, as well as its epic gaming programming.

Let's start with the music shall we! Having already announced a number of performers earlier this year, SXSW Sydney will host local artists Alex Mather, Babitha, Baby Cool, BARKAA, bella amor, BESTIES, Big Words, Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys, Chanel Loren, Charley, Darlinghurst, Death by Denim, Dylan Atlantis, FRIDAY*, Girl and Girl, Grievous Bodily Calm, Gut Health, IJALE, Isaac Puerile, Kobie Dee, Mia Wray, Mi-Kaisha, Mikayla Pasterfield, Miss Kaninna, Mitch Santiago, Nick Ward, POOKIE, Shady Nasty, Skeleten, STUMPS, South Summit, SUPEREGO, Trophie, Tulliah, Ūla, Velvet Trip, WILDFIRE MANWURRK. They'll be joining previously announced artists 1tbsp, Alter Boy, Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, Ashli, Dean Brady, DICE, dust, Elle Shimada, GO-JO, Mali Jo$e, Mi-Kaisha, Mikayla Pasterfield, Milku, PANIA, Phoebe Go, Rum Jungle, Teenage Joans and Vv Pete.

But the fun doesn't stop there. We'll be welcoming 0800, 33 Below, ASHY, Daily J, Fazerdaze, Hanbee, Hans., JessB, Jujulipps, Mazbou Q, MELOWDOWNZ, Mim Jensen, Miss June, Molly Payton, Mousey, Paige, PARK RD, Proteins of Magic, RIIKI REID, Soaked Oats, There’s a Tuesday and WHOSHOTSCOTT from New Zealand, ADOY, Hypnosis Therapy and Lil Cherry & GOLDBUUDA from South Korea, CHAMELEON LIME WHOOPIEPIE and Otoboke Beaver from Japan, G.A.C., Grrrl Gang and Isyana Sarasvati from Indonesia, Lunadira from Malaysia, Connie Constance, Los Bitchos, Nuha Ruby Ra, Sorry, SixSaidIt from the UK, almost monday, Flyana Boss, redveil, Rett Smith and Wallice from the USA. Find out more here.

Let's move on to the speakers. Coachella CEO Paul Tollett will head down under, alongside Fab Five fashionista Tan France and Slack Co-Founder Cal Henderson, keynote, futurist and AI expert Amy Webb. You'll be able to catch talks and sessions from ARIA Chief Executive Officer Annabelle Herd, beloved Australian artist Holly Rankin (aka Jack River), Silverchair's Ben Gillies, Adam Jacobs, Alex Tran, Alison Hurbert-Burns, Anika Molesworth, Riot Studios’ Andrei van Roon and Kjartan Arsaelsson, De-extinction entrepreneur Ben Lamm, Motion Picture Association CEO Charles Rivkin, advertising icon David Droga, Google Australia MD Mel Silva, Indonesian Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno, film producer Bruna Papandrea,, Netflix ANZ Director of Content Que Minh Luu, broadcaster Osher Günsberg, World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley, tech entrepreneur Paul Bassat, Reddit CMO Roxy Young, artistic director Wesley Enoch K-pop Chief A&R Officer at SM Entertainment, Chris Lee, Expedia CTO Rathi Murthy, Ben Crowe, Brooke Boney, Bryony Cole, Chantelle Otten, Christian Juhl, Christian Wilkins, David Droga, Derrick Gee, Eunice Tan, Georgie Jeffreys, Guy Kawasaki, Heather Stern, Jan Fran, Joff Bush (Bluey), Karen Appathurai Wiggins, Kirstin Ferguson, Kirsty Muddle, Kyas Hepworth, Layne Beachley, Larissa Behrendt, Leah Purcell, Lenore Taylor, Manal al-Sharif, Marina Go, Marc Fennell, Osher Günsberg, Que Minh Luu, Paul and Andrew Bassat, Pat Abboud, Rae Johnston, Robyn Denholm, Robyn Foyster, Rohit Bharagava, Ronald Akili, Ronni Kahn AO, Rose Herceg, Roxy Young, Russel Howcroft, Sam Koslowski, Minister Sandiaga Uno, Serwah Attafuah, Sheila Nguyen, Sung Eun Youn, Thomas Kelly, Thomas Mayo, Tom Nash, Tom Verrilli, Wesley Enoch, Wil Anderson, Yiying Lu, Yoomin Yang, Zach Kitschke and Zara Seidler. Find out more here.

And now we've arrived at the Gaming Festival. Celebrate and support games as a major creative industry, the festval will explore future trends in game development, publishing, and hardware manufacturing with games demos, announcements, hands-on play, stage sessions, performances, screenings, networking events, investment sessions and workshops. SXSW Sydney will host the internaGonally-acclaimed Intel® Extreme Masters Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro tournament, a curated showcase of 150 independent games in the Indie Games Showcase, panels and presentations as part of the Games Industry Conference Track, the Tabletop Festval, an XR Showcase, a main stage for performances, presentations and live gameplay for the wider games audience, matchmade meetings, stage pitch sessions, casual networking events as part of Investment Meet, a social hub, a one-night selection of horror games and stage content dubbed “Midnighters” Games Edition and a Student Showcase featuring award-winning tertiary students’ works from around Australia. Find out more here.

Sydney will be the first city outside Austin, Texas to gather the world’s most inspired thinkers, creators and innovators in the Southern Hemisphere. From Sunday, October 15 to Sunday, October 22, 2023, SXSW Sydney will see the world’s pre-eminent creative industries come together across content pillars of Tech and Innovation, Gaming, Music, Screen and Culture within a stacked week-long program. SXSW Sydney will take over a number of venues across the city, where official showcasing artists will perform in front of industry reps, media and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from across the globe.



OCTOBER 15 - 22, 2023



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