The South by Southwest Interactive, Music and Film Conference and Festival is holding a Meet ‘n’ Greet in Maui July 14 with the purpose of attracting Hawaiian creative content professionals to its 31st event to be held in Austin, TX March 10-19, 2017. The meetings in Kahului is scheduled for Thursday, July 14 at 5:30pm at Kupa’s Building Room 104 at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The meeting co-sponsored by the Music Studies program at UHMC.
Australian-based Pacific representative Phil Tripp has made annual treks to the islands building up a homegrown contingent across all three disciplines. Over the past few years, more than 80,000 delegates have come from more than 50 countries and Hawaii sent over 40 in 2016; meeting are also scheduled for Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii.
Several artists from Hawaii have showcased at SXSW in the past few years including Anuhea, HAPA, Irie Love, Jake Shimabukuro, John Cruz, Mike Love, Mr. Carmack, One Right Turn, Pimpbot, David Tamaoko and The Green.
“Hawaiian artists have featured in the past few years ” Tripp said. “And leading companies have attended as delegates (Occupop, Hawaiian Intl. Film Festival, POW! WOW!, Lux, Wremix, eHawaii.gov, Maui County Film Office, Makaha Studios and WorldSound are among a hundred others). But we want to open SXSW more to the rich variety of talent from the islands–musical and digital and film/TV–hence these meetings including both invited veterans and potential first-timers.”
There is no charge to attend the meeting but attendees must RSVP as space is limited. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call 512-669-3321.
The Kona meeting is July 21 and the Honolulu meeting is July 26.
A highly detailed website has just opened at Sxsw.com with new information on SXSW 2017 events as well as applications for music artist showcases, film screening submissions and topic or speaker proposals in the unique Panel Picker section.
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