South by South Lawn® (SXSL®)

SXSL | South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, and Action

South by South Lawn® (SXSL®), inspired by South by Southwest, brought together creators, innovators, and organizers who work to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world on October 3, 2016.


The festival – presented in coordination with the American Film Institute (AFI), the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the National Park Foundation, and South by Southwest – celebrated the spirit of innovation with sessions, musical performances, the White House Student Film Festival, and a group of interactive booths featuring hands-on exhibits.

The event was live streamed featuring compelling SXSL programming including President Obama in conversation with Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe; a discussion on pushing limits with James Turrell and David Adjaye; performances by The Lumineers and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings; and appearances by The Duffer Brothers and the cast of Stranger Things, and more.

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All photos by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW

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