South by Southwest (SXSW) (March 8-17, 2013) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences ,bringing massive stars and indie up-and-comers in music, movies, and tech together in the Texas hill country of Austin. South by Southwest is run by a company, called SXSW Inc., that plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals and other events. SXSW started as a music festival in 1987 and the Film Conference and Interactive Festival made their debut in 1994.
SXSW Music is the largest music festival of its kind in the world, with more than 2,200 “official” performers and bands playing in more than 100 venues. SXSW Film is a film festival, focusing on new directing talent.
SXSW Interactive is focused on emerging technology, a focus which has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies.
The schedule for these events in this year is given below.
Interactive: March 8–12 (2013)
Film: March 8–16 (2013)
Music: March 12–17 (2013)
The keynote talk for the 2013 SXSW Interactive was given by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.The Interactive conference was noted for its increased corporate presence, featuring major participation by Samsung, 3M, Target, American Airlines, Adobe Systems and AT&T, among others. The 2013 SXSW Interactive saw another huge jump in registration, now with 30,621 paying attendees. This was over three times the number that had attended in 2008 (9,000), just five years previously. The big-budget films The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Evil Dead premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film, and Spring Breakers of selena gomez had its U.S. premiere. The film Short Term 12 won the grand jury award for Best Narrative Feature. The films Cheap Thrills and Haunter received distribution deals there.
The keynote talk for the 2013 SXSW music was given by Dave Grohl in Austin, Texas, a speech that’s previously been delivered by Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Smokey Robinson. The SXSW Music and Media Conference aims to educate and inspire musicians and those who work with them. The music event has grown from 700 registrants in 1987 to nearly 12,000 registrants
Some of the bigger names to participate in the music event include Bruce Springsteen, Quincy Jones, Pete Townshend, Lou Reed, Smokey Robinson, Chrissie Hynde, and many, many more from all corners of the music business.