Virtual 2021 SXSW Kicks Off Tuesday

AUSTIN, Texas – Whilst it was in all probability unfathomable a little a lot more than a year in the past that the 2021 variation of the South by Southwest competition would be totally virtual, the region is nonetheless in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic and SXSW is yet again an on the net working experience.

That explained, SXSW On line kicked off on Tuesday and the tunes and movie portions of the festival supply a wonderful deal. The pageant operates by way of March 20, and hopes are high that it will return as an in-individual occasion in 2022.

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The film part of the competition will feature 75 function movies, 84 small movies, 20 digital cinema projects, and 30 “special situations.” Highlights consist of opening evening headliner Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Satan and Tom Petty, Someplace You Experience Free.

Keynote speakers will include things like politician Stacey Abrams, Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg, and tunes legend and Austin icon Willie Nelson.

Featured speakers this calendar year contain former president George W. Bush, television host Samantha Bee, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and Fleetwood Mac founding member and drummer Mick Fleetwood.

On the music facet of matters, you can catch performances from the performers’ living rooms, England’s famed Abbey Highway Studios, as effectively as a Taoist temple. The complete lineup of musicians is available here. 

Conference information as properly as decide on movies and new music performances will be accessible to registrants via April 18 by means of the SXSW On-line Platform and related Television set applications.

The in-human being model of 2020 SXSW was canceled, and that cancellation signaled for several just how significant the coronavirus pandemic was.