Discover What’s Next: Register to Attend the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals

Get ready for another memorable SXSW this March 9-18 in Austin, Texas! Explore highlights from recent programming announcements from the Film Festival, Music Festival, and Conference below, watch our Spotlight Video above, and learn how to customize your SXSW Schedule.

SXSW Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries during 10 days of sessions, screenings, showcases, exhibitions, parties, art installations, and networking.

SXSW is the premier destination for thousands of creatives from a vast and diverse range of industries to discover what’s next. From compelling conversations with industry heavy weights and forging new connections, to buzz-worthy film screenings and fresh new sounds at showcases, SXSW fosters creative and professional growth.

This March, get ready for the perfect mix of learning, discovery, innovative visions, personal points of view, new friends, a serious amount of tacos, and beyond. This is only a sampling of the multitude of unexpected adventures to come next March… with many exciting programming announcements still on the way.

Latest Programming Announcements

For the SXSW Conference, philanthropist Melinda Gates joins the lineup as a Convergence Keynote with previously announced Keynotes Lyor Cohen, Sadiq Khan, Darren Aronofsky, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Barry Jenkins​, Esther Perel, and whurley.

In addition, the newest round of Featured Speakers includes Oscar-winning director, writer, and producer Spike Lee; Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue; award-winning actress, writer, and director Lena Dunham; actor and writer Ethan Hawke; Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson; activist and technologist Chelsea Manning; executive editor of Recode Kara Swisher; Westworld cast members Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Jeffrey Wright; YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki; and many more.

Building on an impressive Conference lineup, these speakers represent many of the developing trends expected to come out of SXSW 2018. Explore our 12 top trends for SXSW 2018 through the lens of tech and culture.

The SXSW Film Festival rolled out the red carpet with the announcement of the 2018 Features Lineup and Opening Night Film A Quiet Place along with 2018 Midnighters, Shorts, VR, Inaugural Independent Episodics and more. The North American premiere of Wes Anderson’s highly-anticipated Isle of Dogs will close the 2018 Film Festival. The full lineup will include 132 Features, 44 films from first-time filmmakers, 86 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 5 U.S. Premieres. Additional titles will continue to be announced up until March. Take a look back at the past 25 Years of the SXSW Film Festival with weekly spotlights on careers launched, artists discovered, powerful performances, and more from featured alumni.

Dive into the latest round-up of Showcasing Artists announcements including Manchester-based grime MC Bugzy Malone, Sub Pop noise punks METZ, effervescent electronic pop act Salt Cathedral, Rough Trade Records breakout MC Princess Nokia, indie pop husband and wife duo Tennis, Brazilian eclectic soul band Liniker e os Caramelows, and many more. Listen to weekly SXSWfm’s specialty shows highlighting 2018 Showcasing Artists and tune into SXSW News for weekly announcements now through March.

Browse through all confirmed programming for the 2018 SXSW Conference & Festivals on the online SXSW Schedule and begin building your personal schedule. Check out the Schedule Help page for further information on logging in, filtering events, and adding events to your schedule.

Download the SXSW GO mobile app to sync your online schedule with your mobile device, so your info will always be up-to-date. Plus, get schedule recommendations based on favorited events, networking contacts, and more.

For more in-depth coverage of SXSW, explore the latest issue of SXSWorld® magazine in its new online format.

Reserve My Platinum Badge for SXSW 2018

Begin Your SXSW Adventure

It’s never too early to begin planning your SXSW adventure! With expanded access to events for all registrants, attendees will receive primary access to programming associated with their badge type but now also enjoy secondary entry to most other SXSW events. Take the Tracks Quiz to discover which badge fits your needs. The Platinum Badge remains the key to primary access to all of SXSW.

Register and book your hotel today! SXSW registrants get access to SXSW hotels at the lowest rates available by making reservations through SXSW Housing & Travel. Visit our availability page and then book your stay today to save. If you are attending as a group (10+), contact us for more information on special savings.

SXSW is also offering an exclusive “Buy One Badge, Get One Free” discount for students now through Thursday, March 1. If you are a currently enrolled high school or college student, fill out the application for you and a fellow student today.

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