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SXSW Sydney opens program submissions for 2024 festival

Returning for a second year, entries for SXSW Sydney’s Session Select program have opened for speakers and panels, including the festival’s games, screen and music showcases.

2023 marked the inaugural year for the Sydney counterpart of Austin, Texas’ iconic technology and culture festival SXSW, a gathering of industry tastemakers and thought leaders that saw over 280,000 participants and attendees from 41 countries flock to the harbour city for a week of thought-provoking discussions and hands-on experiences.

And now the festival is set to do it all again with the help of public submissions.

Festival organisers have recently announced that 23 conference tracks need to be filled with workshops, podcasts, panels, meet ups, and presentations – all chosen by them and a group of conference advisors. New topics have also been unveiled, including fashion, food, the creator economy and more.

“Session Select is the spark for the SXSW Sydney Conference,” said Colin Daniels, managing director of SXSW Sydney.

“It is how our brilliant creative community sets the agenda with their ideas for the conversations and stimulating content that shapes the conference. I am so excited to see and hear what our global thought leaders come up with for the second SXSW Sydney.”

The arts and electronic entertainment industries are also returning this year, with Daniels confirming that the festival is readily accepting submissions for their related slots.

“For artists and creatives in the Music, Screen and Games industries their submission to be a part of the SXSW Sydney Festivals showcase and screenings line-up is the first step to having their work revealed and announced to the wider international world of early discoverers, tastemakers and industry champions that flock to SXSW Sydney,” Daniels said.

“Don’t hesitate to make that submission and be on the path to achieving your global artistic and creative goals.”

For games, screen and music, organisers say they are particularly interested in a diverse range of mediums, including “innovative, abstract, genre-defying” music videos, games, shorts, feature films, and more. Non-fiction and fiction works that capitalise on the reality technologies – augmented, virtual and mixed – are also eligible for inclusion in the 2024 program.

Occurring less than six months ago, the first year of SXSW Sydney made an unshakeable impression on the marketing and media industry, from GroupM’s global CEO declaring that today’s advertising is subpar, to media bosses from The Daily Aus and Capital Brief expressing their confidence in their companies’ abilities to remain relevant in the ever-growing media maelstrom.

For cultural and technological trailblazers eager to take part in the conversation and share their enthusiasm and expertise with this year’s attendees, session applications can be submitted via the SXSW Sydney website from 10am today.

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