President Obama To Throw South By South Lawn Music Festival At The White House


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President Obama will forever go down as the coolest leader to ever sit on the throne at the Oval Office. No one will top him. And that was before he announced he’s throwing a frickin’ music festival – at the White House! Teaming up with SXSW, South By South Lawn music festival is happening, and soon: October 3rd.

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It will feature performances from “well-known and emerging artists who are using their music to inspire audiences” but artists have yet to be revealed. My money’s on Chance The Rapper.

But of course, not everyone will be able to attend. It’s being billed as a “civic engagement” to “challenge creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges.” You have to be chosen. To nominate yourself (or someone else), go here, and good luck!

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.

You might remember Obama and his bae attended SXSW this year, so this isn’t completely out of nowhere.

President Barack Obama participates in a discussion and Q&A with Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune, during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival at the Long Center for Performing Arts in Austin, Texas, March 11, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama participates in a discussion and Q&A with Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tribune, during the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival at the Long Center for Performing Arts in Austin, Texas, March 11, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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