President Obama Announces SXSL Festival at the White House

By Staff  |  09/03/2016

Barack Obama

It appears President Barack Obama wants to close out his duties with a bang... plotting his own music festival?

You read right, Obama has announced a one-day festival at the White House, dubbed South By South Lawn (SXSL). Scheduled for Oct. 3, it will celebrate the "spirit of innovation", according to a press release, and inspired by and in partnership with South By Southwest, which takes place annually in Austin, TX.

It "will bring together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world," says the White House.

SXSL will be comprised of three parts:

INTERACTIVE: Panel discussions throughout the day will explore topics like how to make change stick with organizers who are having an impact, as well as a discussion with influencers who are using their platforms to bring about positive change. Interactive booths will encourage attendees to engage with and learn about new technologies and innovations.

FILM: The film portion features the 3rd Annual White House Student Film Festival in association with its founding partner, the American Film Institute. Students in grades K-12 submitted more than 700 short films round this year's theme, The World I Want to Live In. The submissions are inspiring and we're excited to share official selections and honor young filmmakers as part of this event.

MUSIC: Musical performances will include well-known and emerging artists who are using their music to inspire audiences.

The musical line-up has yet to be announced. But, for more information and to nominate yourself to attend, visit the White House website here.