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SXSW 2021 Adds Keynote and Featured Speakers like Ava DuVernay, Charles Yu, Pete Buttigieg and More!

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One of the small but genuinely pleasant silver linings about this pandemic is that the shift to virtual allows more broad access to major events and programs. One of the major events that I’ve never had the opportunity to attend is SXSW. This year, it’s all virtual and I’m thrilled to be covering the event!

Today, SXSW announced three new Keynotes and a variety of exciting featured speakers, including Ava DuVernay, Pete Buttigieg, Jemele Hill, Charles Yu and others. Check out all the details below.

SXSW 2021 runs from March 16-20 and tickets are still available! Prices go up this Friday so don’t wait!

Ava DuVernay Announced as a Featured Speaker for SXSW
Ava DuVernay Announced as a Featured Speaker for SXSW


The SXSW Online 2021 lineup promises to deliver, and we’re delighted to share our wide range of programming with you.  

Today the Conference added three Keynotes to the lineup: U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg; master facilitator, author, executive producer and host of The New York Times podcast Together Apart Priya Parker in conversation with Anand Giridharadas; and writer and author Charles Yu

Newly-announced Featured Speakers include President George W. Bush, Indra Nooyi, Ava DuVernayChance the RapperKenan Thompson, Werner VogelsDon LemonJemele HillSwizz BeatzTimbaland, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who join our distinguished lineup.

This year’s Music Festival promises to deliver a global experience, transporting you to unusual and iconic settings straight from the artists’ home countries. You won’t want to miss exclusive performances coming to you from a Taoist temple, a cable car in Norway, a Los Angeles freeway overpass, Abbey Road Studios, and some Austin hometown favorites.

On Tuesday we added a diverse range of artists, including Mexican singer and actress Ximena Sariñana; soundscaping No-Age guitarist Randy Randall; AC/DC-worshipping Aussie garage-punks The Chats; rising Okinawan MC Awich; country singer-songwriters Jade Jackson & Aubrie Sellers; South Korean AOMG rapper Loco; 7-piece London buzz band Black Country, New Road; South African Afro-folk artist Bongeziwe Mabandla; and more

SXSW Online passholders already have access to our event platform where networking is underway, and you can download our event apps on iOS and Android. Next week our schedule goes live, our Connected TV app drops, and you’ll find out about SXSW Online XR, our super groovy VR world. Coming soon: early RSVP for Film Screenings, Mentor Sessions and Professional Development. 

Register now, rates go up on Friday, February 26, so it’s time to get in on the most unique online experience of the year. Discounted student and group rates are also available.

Reignite your curiosity, reboot your skills, and reshape the conversation.

The future from scratch at SXSW Online 2021.


Ron is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of POC Culture.  He is a big believer in the power and impact of pop culture and the importance of representation in media.

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