Chance at SXSW

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Sydney, Sept 11: Multi-GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Chance The Rapper, will be a featured speaker at South by Southwest Sydney next month.
This week-long festival, located in the heart of Sydney, boasts an extensive program with over 1,000 innovative events and sessions covering Tech and Innovation, Games, Music, Screen, and Culture.
The city is set to become the global epicenter for creative industries during this event.
Chance joins a global community of artists who are using their influential voices to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.
He will reflect on the profound impact this genre has had, not only on his beloved Chicago South Side but also on fans worldwide.
President Barack Obama aptly described Chance as an “outstanding role model” for his contributions as a rapper, singer-songwriter, producer, and humanitarian.
Chance continues to pay his success forward through his SocialWorks foundation and the international Black Star Line Festival.
Regarding this, Chance The Rapper remarks, “As we commemorate 50 years of Hip Hop in 2023, I’m reminded of the transformative power this culture holds, not just on the world stage, but on the streets of Chicago’s South Side.
Hip Hop has provided a rhythm to our stories and a canvas for our creativity. I’m eagerly anticipating my participation as a speaker at SXSW Sydney to further explore Hip Hop’s enduring legacy.”
Colin Daniels, Managing Director of SXSW Sydney, acknowledges Chance’s remarkable chart-topping achievements and community advocacy, highlighting his unique ability to use his success to nurture the dreams of others.
Chance’s genre-defying music resonates across generations, making him a compelling voice to reflect on Hip Hop’s rich history and dynamic future.
John Graham, Minister for Jobs and Tourism, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, expresses excitement about Chance The Rapper’s addition to the inaugural SXSW Sydney lineup.
He recognizes hip-hop as an integral part of NSW’s creative music community and looks forward to the conversations surrounding the future of music and hip-hop as they celebrate 50 years.
This October, Sydney takes center stage as a prominent city for fostering creative industries.
The week-long festival program will serve as a hotbed of innovation and artistic expression, drawing inspiration from visionary thinkers worldwide.
SXSW Sydney 2023 promises an impressive lineup of over 1,000 groundbreaking events and networking sessions across Tech & Innovation, Music, Screen, Games, and Culture.
Chance will share the stage with previously announced headline speakers, including Slack Co-Founder Cal Henderson, futurist and AI expert Amy Webb, Coachella festival CEO Paul Tollett, and AEG Presents SVP Global Touring Michael Harrison, among others.
The event will feature over 700 industry-leading speakers, including notable figures such as De-extinction entrepreneur Ben Lamm, Motion Picture Association CEO Charles Rivkin, advertising icon David Droga, Google Australia MD Mel Silva, Netflix ANZ Director of Content Que Minh Luu, and many more.
With more than 300 panels and sessions, SXSW Sydney 2023 will keep attendees at the forefront of various topics, including brain-computer interfaces, lab-grown meat, First Nations knowledge in design, ethical interactions with robots, AI fluency, Big Tech transparency, reimagining news media, recruitment trends resembling online dating, venture capital in 2050, the intersection of music videos and AI, and the future of love, among others.
The festival will also host over 300 music performances, showcasing the best emerging artists from around the world, featuring TikTok stars Flyana Boss, Indonesian triple threat Isyana Sarasvati, Japanese punks Otoboke Beaver, rising Blak hip-hop powerhouse Miss Kannina, and genre-bending artist Will Swinton from New Zealand, presented by SXSW Sydney Official Music Partners Young Henrys.
SXSW Sydney 2023 enjoys the support of notable brands, including Super Sponsors CommBank and Qantas, Major Sponsors Young Henrys and Telstra, Education Partner UTS, Accommodation Partner Accor, Event Partners Accenture, Amex, Universal Music Australia, Defender, Dr. Martens, Handsome Tours, Laneway Festival, Prime Video, Seven, The Orchard, Vans, YEG, International House Canada House, SXSW Sydney Pitch presenter VentureCrowd, and Conference Track Sponsors CSIRO, Main Sequence, WPP, Culture Amp, Kingfisher, and Remote.
The SXSW Sydney Screen Festival will include red carpet premieres at the ICC’s Darling Theatre and cinemas across the inner city.
It will also feature an XR showcase, conference sessions, activations, parties, meet-ups, and ‘Minimart,’ a SXSW Sydney-flavored Screen market for investors, buyers, producers, and creatives.
Film highlights include the Aussie Outback thriller “The Royal Hotel,” the documentary “Anita” about Rolling Stones Muse Anita Pallenberg, “Jamojaya” featuring Indonesian rap star Brian Imanuel (Rich Brian), “The Last Year of Darkness,” a portrait of alternative Chinese youth, and the world premiere of the Wiggles documentary, “Hot Potato: The Story of the Wiggles.”
To access SXSW Sydney, badges are the key to unlock all activities throughout the week-long event, encompassing the Conference and Tech & Innovation Expo, as well as the Music, Screen, and Games Festivals. As Chance The Rapper is a conference speaker, a badge is necessary to attend his session.

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