Choose Your Own Adventure: The Full SXSW Sydney 2023 Schedule Revealed

September 22, 2023

Three weeks to go and counting!  

The full SXSW Sydney lineup is here and if you’re suffering from analysis paralysis, fear not. Our programming experts have weighed in on some of the must-see experiences to get you started. And they had their work to be cut out for them – the program will feature over 1000 future-forward experiences, 700+ thought-provoking speakers, 300+ cutting-edge performances, 170+ thrilling game demos, and 200+ captivating screen events, including five exclusive gala premieres.

From a rare keynote by the likes of Chance The Rapper to a first-hand look into the changing face of independent games, our first ever event outside of Austin is a huge opportunity for creatives, leaders and thinkers to converge on Sydney from October 15 – 22 for a week of learning, inspiration and enrichment.

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered! Study this list of must-sees and dive into the schedule to choose your own SXSW Sydney adventure.

Unmissable Conference events

Selected by Head of Conference Programming at SXSW Sydney®, Fenella Kernebone


  • Brain Computer Interfaces: The Future of Communication
  • The Future of Journalism, Publishing and Trust in the age of AI
  • Addressing the Global E-waste Crisis: A Groundbreaking Solution
  • The next 60,000 years of design


Experts across the creative industries, tech, startups, the media, sports, advertising, marketing, and beyond. Big names include:

  • Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Producer & Humanitarian Chance The Rapper
  • Founder & CEO of Make Love Not Porn Cindy Gallop
  • Women’s Rights Activist Manal Al Sharif
  • AI expert and futurist Amy Webb
  • Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker

Unmissable Tech events

Selected by Head of Tech & Innovation at SXSW Sydney®, Caroline Pegram

Tech at Conference

  • 2050: From nanotech to interplanetary expeditions to what will a VC look like in 2050
  • AI & Robotics: Generative AI trends, responsible AI, and cybersecurity.
  • Startups: Navigate the entrepreneurial landscape, expert practical insights on
  • Money and Markets: Evolving commerce and global trends.
  • Transport and Mobility: Flying cars and the future of transportation.

Tech Expo

The Expo will be an immersive experience, with product demonstrations, interactive installations, meet-and-greets, and invaluable networking opportunities.

  • Airspeeder flying race cars, simulator and vehicle
  • AI vending machine – AIML and artists
  • Startup Village – global  range of startups across multiple sectors
  • Qantas – Future Airbus A350-1000 cabin
  • Monash Uni – diverse tech innovations and robotics from Monash Uni Faculty of IT.

SXSW Sydney Pitch: Unleash the Next Wave of Innovation

Witness 20 startups pitch their groundbreaking concepts to industry experts, media professionals, and venture capital investors, all in front of a live audience.

Tech on Tumbalong

Tech in the park, all week long

I’ll just let these events speak for themselves…

  • Big Ideas in Augmented Reality with Jigspace
  • Big Questions with Adam Spencer including Dr Karl
  • UTS Tech showcase
  • UTS Motorsports Electric FSAE teams including Introduction of UTS Motorsports Electric’s 2023 car.
  • JMC Academy’s interactive display – AI-generated art and music performances.
  • Cloud Ground Control

Tech and Innovation opening night event

An opportunity for industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators and any badge holder from any sector to come together and connect.  There will be a live performance involving a local music artist using generative AI processes and visuals in their work.

Unmissable Music events

Selected by Head of Music at SXSW Sydney®, Claire Collins

Music Festival Opening Party (presented by Accenture)

An epic boat party on the opening night of the music festival featuring performances from our hot tips for 2024, US hip-hop duo Flyana Boss and Canada’s EKKSTACY.

Preparing for the AI Revolution

Upskill over a three-day period via a series of conference panels speaking to the topic of AI and the opportunities (and challenges) that this new technology presents.

Asia Focus Showcase Program

  • XG presented by Billboard at the Hordern
  • Isyana Sarasvati (Indonesia)
  • Hypnosis Therapy (South Korea)
  • Otoboke Beaver

Parties, parties, (showcases), parties

Good times are assured at showcases and parties hosted by

  • House of Vans
  • Dr Martens
  • Untitled Group
  • Laneway Festival
  • British Music Embassy

and so many others

The sheer breadth of global talent

Over 300 performances including

  • 13 year old First Nations rapper Inkabee
  • NYC buzz electronic act Fcuckers
  • Brisbane band Girl and Girl
  • Indonesian experimental outfit Batavia Collective

Unmissable Screen events

Selected by Head of Screen at SXSW Sydney®, Ghita Loebenstein


The Australian Premiere of summery, aristocratic thriller, Saltburn from acclaimed director Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman), starring Australian Jacob Elordi (Euphoria).

ONEFOUR: Against All Odds

The World Premiere of music documentary ONEFOUR: Against All Odds, about the Western Sydney drill rap band, with director Gabriel Gasparinatos and producers Sarah Noonan, Erin Moy and Jennifer Peedom attending.


An Australian-made nod to 90’s nostalgia captured on 16mm. Filled with backyards and pre-internet growing pains, this work is directed by Tim Barretto.

Concrete Utopia

South Korea’s official entry for Best International Feature Film in the 2024 Academy Awards, disaster epic Concrete Utopia is Bong Joon-ho meets JG Ballard. The cast is led by Squid Game’s Byung-hun Lee and it’s the ‘feel-bad’ blockbuster of the season!

Lab Rat

Directed by Austin Smith, produced by Devo Harris, Lab Rat is a groundbreaking interactive film about a neurological experiment, which invites the audience to participate in real time, as a community-game.

Unmissable Games events

Selected by Head of Games at SXSW Sydney® Games, Luke Lancaster

The Games Festival Opening Night Party

No better way to kick off the week than our opening night party, featuring amazing musical performances of songs from Australian-made games, a debut song from one of Australia’s best new artists, and some very special international guests.

The Encore Games Showcase

The Encore showcase where we’ll be collecting every game shortlisted for the SXSW Sydney Games Awards®, and where you’ll be able to play the best of the best.

Blood on the Clocktower Live

Coming in hot from sellout shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, it’s the breakout hit social deduction horror game turned comedy stage show, and you can catch it at Midnighters Games (and get a chance to play the game yourself!)

Investment Meet

If you’re a developer looking to network with investors, agencies, and publishers, you cannot miss the Investment Meet. A mix of casual and match-made meetings, playtest breakfasts, and seminars, specifically for the games industry.

Intel Extreme Masters

Closing out the week, stop by the Finals for the otherwise sold-out Intel Extreme Masters. Your SXSW Sydney Games Badge® will get you into all three days of the best esports event you’ll see in Australia, but the atmosphere at the finals is going to be incredible.

Accessing SXSW Sydney – the 101 on Badges and Wristbands

Intrigued by what you see in the schedule? We thought so. If you have already secured your badge or wristband, now’s the time to decide which level of access is right for you.

Badges are your master key for SXSW Sydney – they open the doors to all activity across the week-long event, from its Conference and Tech & Innovation Expo to its Music, Screen and Games Festivals.

Wristbands give access to SXSW Sydney’s Music, Screen or Games festivals, for performances, screenings and showcases.  

  • Music Festival: 300 performances in 25 venues over 4 days and nights.  
  • Screen Festival: unlimited screenings over one week.
  • Games Festival: 150 new indie games and parties over 6 nights. 

Click here to discover the right level of access for you.