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What to Expect at the First Annual South By South Lawn Festival!

Written by Brittany Taormina. Published: October 01 2016

Question: What's cooler than the ultimate festival of music, movies, ideas, art, and action?


Answer: A festival of music, movies, ideas, art, and action at the White House!


Starting Monday, October 3, the South by South Lawn festival -- AKA SXSL -- kicks off with a full day of educational and creative events inspired, of course, by Austin's annual South by Southwest Music & Arts Festival. The festival focuses on innovation within three categories: interactive, film, and music. How awesome is that? There will be many different exhibits, panels, music, film, and much more on hand to try and make a positive difference in our country.  



One of the biggest discussions of the day will be a conversation between President Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Dr. Katherine Hayhoe concerning the importance of climate change and how to prevent it for years to come. There will also be a screening of Before the Flood, a climate documentary from DiCaprio, which will take place on the South Lawn for the first time. Check out the trailer presented by National Geographic!





The American Film Institute (AFI) will select 3 projects out of over 700 submissions from students K-12 for special screenings. These short films were inspired by the theme "The World I Want to Live In". The cast and creators of “Stranger Things” will also be attendance as they focus on film and showcase work of these aspiring filmmakers. Not a bad way to get some early exposure!





Musical performances are expected to be a big draw, as acts like the Lumineers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and DJ Beverly Bond are slated to take the stage. There could always be a few surprises in the mix – but you’ll just have to tune in too see!




If you want to find out more about SXSL festival? Not gonna be in DC next week? No worries! Take a look at the official website for more details and how to stream the event live. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #SXSL on October 3!


(Image via IPA/WENN)


- Brittany Taormina, YH Contributing Writer