SXSW Inspired Festival at the White House

SXSW Inspired Festival at the White House

The Obama administration is throwing a one day festival at the White House. South by South Lawn is inspired by the famed music festival in Austin, TX, which President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama delivered the keynote speech for back in March.

The miniature version of the music festival will take place on October 3, 2016

In coordination with the American Film Institute (AFI), the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities (PCAH), and South by Southwest, the South Lawn of the White House event will be comprised of three parts:

  • INTERACTIVE: Panel discussions throughout the day will explore topics like how to make change stick with organizers who are having an impact, as well as a discussion with influencers who are using their platforms to bring about positive change. Interactive booths will encourage attendees to engage with and learn about new technologies and innovations.
  • FILM: The film portion features the 3rd Annual White House Student Film Festival in association with its founding partner, the American Film Institute. Students in grades K-12 submitted more than 700 short films round this year’s theme, The World I Want to Live In. The submissions are inspiring and we’re excited to share official selections and honor young filmmakers as part of this event.
  • MUSIC: Musical performances will include well-known and emerging artists who are using their music to inspire audiences.

In a statement, the Obama administration said the event “will bring together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world.”

Do you know someone who’s doing great work and should be there? You can nominate yourself or someone you know just head over to the official website before September 10 at 5pm.

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