SXSW going online in 2021; still hopes for physical festival

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CNN’s Jake Tapper and The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah speak onstage at the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals on March 9, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Courtes: Scott Paxton.

The producers of SXSW intent to take the festival online in 2021, even as they continue to cross their fingers for an in-person event as well.

SXSW Online will be “a part” of the 2021 offerings.

The digital festival will include conference keynotes and sessions, screenings, showcases, networking and exhibitions. The dates for SXSW EDU Online are March 9 to 11, and SXSW Online will take place March 16 to 20.

Entries for the 2021 digital experience will open on Oct. 6 with PanelPicker proposals for SXSW and SXSW EDU, as well as SXSW Film Festival submissions. The SXSW Music Festival will be curated by programming staff with priority given to showcase presenters and artists who were scheduled for the 2020 event.

Additionally, producers are working with the City of Austin and public health authorities on plans for a 2021 physical event. No further information was available on Tuesday.

The conference and festivals were founded in 1987 and focus on the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries.

“The challenge of building a new future is one that we’re excited to tackle,” Cofounder and CEO Roland Swenson said in a news release. “This has been such a year of change and we, like the entire world, are reshaping our perspective on how we connect. … We will continue to bring together the brightest minds from creative industries worldwide.”

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

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