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Ireland at SXSW 2019

Ireland at SXSW 2019

Credit: SXSW®

Following the visit by An Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar in 2018, we are look forward to another busy week for Irish entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and film-makers at this year’s South Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival.

Here is your guide to all things Irish at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2019!

Ireland Innovates at SXSW Interactive

> IDA Ireland on the SXSW Startup Crawl

Friday, March 8 – 4:00pm-8:00pm
Consulate General of Ireland, 515 Congress Avenue

Pre-registration/RSVP required. More info here.

IDA Ireland will be hosting a stop on the 2019 Capital Factory SXSW Startup Crawl at the Irish Consulate to celebrate Ireland’s vibrant start-up scene.

> Ireland Innovation Hour at the SXSW Convention

Sunday, March 10 – 2:30pm-3:30pm
Austin Convention Center Trade Show – Exhibit Hall 4

SXSW badge required. More info here.

Enterprise Ireland will be hosting Ireland Innovation Hour at the SXSW Convention to showcase the world-class solutions that Irish companies have to offer in areas such as smart homes, customer/brand engagement and enterprise tech.

> Irish Tech at the SXSW Convention – Booth 119

Sunday, March 10 – Wednesday, March 13
Austin Convention Center Trade Show – Booth 119

SXSW badge required. More info here.

As a small open economy, Ireland’s technology companies have to be global in their outlook. This global mind-set, combined with a culture of innovation, has contributed to Ireland’s reputation as one of the best locations in the world for producing technology companies.

To learn more about the world-class Irish technology companies at SXSW, read this interview with Enterprise Ireland’s Sean McWilliams.

 

An Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar at SXSW in March 2018.

An Taoiseach (the Irish Prime Minister), Leo Varadkar at SXSW in March 2018.

 

Ireland Entertains at SXSW Film and Music

> World Premiere – ‘Extra Ordinary’

Sunday, 10 March at 5:30pm at Stateside Theatre
Monday, 11 March at 1:45pm and Thursday, 14 March at 7:45pm at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar

More info here.

Extra Ordinary tells the story of a sweet, lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland with supernatural abilities. When a washed-up, one-hit-wonder rock star puts a spell on a local teenager, Rose must overcome the fear of her supernatural gift and come to the rescue.
Irish directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman have been working together for over ten years on a wide range of collaborations. Their debut feature film, Extra Ordinary, will receive its World Premiere at the SXSW Narrative Feature Competition.

> Music From Ireland Official Showcase at SXSW

Thursday, 14 March from 8:00pm until late
The Velveeta Room, 521 E 6th Street

More info here.

Music From Ireland’s showcase is a must for anyone wishing to discover Ireland’s next breakout artists. The line-up includes: ROE, David Keenan, Talos, whenyoung, KOJAQUE, and Fontaines D.C.

 

> Music From Ireland ‘Full Irish Breakfast’ at SXSW

Friday, 15 March at 12:00pm-6:00pm
B.D. Riley’s, 204 E 6th Street

More info here.

Presented by Music From Ireland and Culture Ireland, the ‘Full Irish Breakfast’ is your chance to see a selection of acts from across Ireland perform in an intimate setting while enjoying an Irish breakfast at B.D. Riley’s.

 

Irish feature film, Extra Ordinary, will receive its World Premiere at the SXSW Narrative Feature Competition.

Irish feature film, Extra Ordinary, will receive its World Premiere at the SXSW Narrative Feature Competition.

Credit: Blinder Films

 

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> Ireland and the EU at SXSW

Monday, 11 March at 1:30pm – 2:30pm
EU@SXSW Venue, Palm Door, 6th Street

More info here

Visit the European Union’s SXSW Venue for a special panel discussion on "EU in 2019: Challenges and Opportunities" featuring the Consul General of Ireland, Adrian Farrell.

> Irish panellists at SXSW

Don’t forget to check out these great panels featuring Irish contributors:

  • 'Newsroom Burnout: Last Straw for Journalism?' featuring Irish entrepreneur and former RTÉ TV anchor Mark Little from the Irish startup Kinzen - 8 March at 3:30pm. More info here.
  • ‘High Impact in Public Space: Art, Spectacle, Tech’ featuring Noeline Kavanagh from the award-winning Irish performance company, Macnas – 12 March at 9:30am. More info here.
  • ‘How Technology Can Balance Urban/Rural Development’ featuring Mihai Bilauca from Limerick City and County Council – 10 March at 11:00am. More info here.
  • ‘Storytelling in Sports’ featuring New York Times bestselling author and former Irish professional basketball player, Kate Fagan – 9 March at 12:30pm. More info here.
  • ‘Humanizing Innovation with Artistic Collaborations’ featuring University of Limerick (UL) and Dublin City University (DCU) alum Domhnaill Hernon – 11 March at 3:30pm. More info here.

 

Follow @IrelandCGAustin on Twitter and let us know what else is going on at SXSW!

 

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