According to a White House statement, South By South Lawn 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.”
The Obama administration is teaming with SXSW to create “SXSL” a miniature edition of the festival staged at the White House. The one-day event, planned for October 3rd, will feature panel discussions, short student films and live performances, in keeping with the long-running fest’s Interactive, Film and Music components.
In March, President Barack and Michelle Obama visited the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, where they spoke about topics including education, civic engagement, creative thinking and entrepreneurship. The new fest “celebrates that spirit of innovation.” The White House website is seeking nominations for the the official line-up. The deadline to submit a nominee is September 10th at 5 p.m.
SXSW will feature “interactive booths that encourage attendees to engage with and learn about new technologies and innovations,” submissions from the third-annual White House Student Film Festival and musical performances from both well-known and emerging artists.
As the President said in Selma, “It is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow.” In that spirit, South by South Lawn will challenge young leaders to build on our progress toward an America that is more tolerant, fair, and full of opportunities.
In coordination with the American Film Institute (AFI), the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities (PCAH), and South by Southwest, the South Lawn 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.
Nominate yourself or someone you know to attend the White House’s South by South Lawn via the White House website.