SXSW Is Returning to an In-Person Event, Announces 2022 Dates

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Atmosphere during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festival at Auditorium Shores on March 15, 2019 in Austin, Texas.

Following the conclusion of SXSW’s 2021 online edition last week, the Austin festival has announced in-person dates for 2022. Next year the festival will run from March 11-20 in Texas.  

“We at SXSW are hopeful that once people feel it’s safe enough to return to what will be the new normal of life, there will be a real enthusiasm for getting back to the things that brought them joy or opportunity or just the simple need to be out amongst humanity,” festival organizers said in a release. “We can’t wait to bring people together once again to meet and share ideas.” 

The festival is working alongside Austin Public Health to bring the storied event offline by next year with the health department’s Interim Authority Dr. Mark Escott stating in a release, “I’m very confident that SXSW will look normal, or near-normal next year.” 

For 2021’s online event, SXSW continued to bring big names, including political leader Stacey Abrams, U.S. Transportation secretary Pete ButtigiegTogether Apart podcast host Priya Parker, bestselling author Charles Yu, and legendary musician Willie Nelson. 

The film festival saw premieres of opening night headliner Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil, centerpiece film Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free, and closing night film Alone Together. SXSW Online audiences were able to delve into a diverse program of high-caliber films across 75 features, 53 films from first-time filmmakers, 84 short films, 20 virtual cinema projects, and 30 special events. 

For the music festival, SXSW took audiences around the globe into the artists’ home countries and truly unique settings for one-of-a-kind performances from a Norwegian cable car and Abbey Road Studios to a Brazilian greenhouse cafe and a Taoist temple.