I just finished volunteering for my first year at the SXSW (South by SouthWest) Festival in Austin, Texas. The festival is a mixture of Film, Music and Interactive (think tech/business/internet), with the first half focusing on interactive, the second half on music, and film running the entire length of the nine-day conference. As a volunteer, I was required to work a certain number of shifts, but had enough time off to see some interesting discussions, panels, and excellent live bands. Here are some photos from the first half of the conference (interactive and film). Stay tuned for another set from the music side of things. Needless to say, if you can ever get down to Austin for the SXSW Festival, be sure to do so – you never know what you might see/hear/do.
South by SouthWest is a one-of-a-kind experience. If you’re at all interested or involved with independent film, live music or have anything to do with the internet, you’ll find interesting presentations, great films, and intimate live shows. You can choose to attend the whole conference (my suggestion) or focus on one of the three aspects. The mix of people and creative energies itself is worth the trip. Make sure you add it to your calendar for 2013, and stay tuned for more images from the music side of things.