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Meera Rajagopalan is the Austin Editor for Miss A. A proud Longhorn, Meera earned her journalism degree from UT. Some of her hobbies include event planning, writing and baking. She loves trying new recipes and experimenting with food. Her latest creation was Pistachio Fudge. A tech nerd at heart, Meera loves cool iPhone apps and geeking out with friends about social media trends. Aside from the tech stuff, Meera also enjoys discovering new fonts. There’s something about finding the perfect font to help enhance titles. Besides her hobbies, Meera loves free stuff. So far besides tons of samples, she’s won concert tickets, movie passes (compliments of Do512) and a cooking class.

2013 SXSW: South By Southwest Music And Media Conference

Each spring, thousands flock to Austin from all over the country and world to experience the 2013 South By Southwest Festival and Conference.

Located in downtown Austin and focused in the Austin Convention Center, the two weeks of festivities bring the best of the best in film, interactive and music to Austin.

Dating back to 1987, SXSW started just as a music festival, and added film and multimedia (which is now interactive) in 1994. With many parts to the festival, there is literally something for everyone. From the interactive sessions to the music, and from the comedy to the films, everyone will be able to find what they are looking for and something to enjoy.

Three of the big portions of SXSW are interactive, film and music. Each of these has something different to offer. Since the festival is just under a month away, the team at Miss A Austin wanted to give you a brief snapshot at each of the portions.

(Photo Credit: news.cnet.com)

(Photo Credit: news.cnet.com)

Interactive (March 8-12)

Kicking off the 2013 South by Southwest Festival, the Interactive portion, will showcase unique speakers and news across all fields as they relate to technology.  It’s the ultimate networking event for those in the field and the launch place of several top tech brands and sites.  The Interactive Festival can’t be complete without a visit to the Trade Show.  This exhibit of 100s of brands and companies is a great place for festival goers to visit in between sessions to learn about the brightest up and coming ideas in the field.

(Photo Credit: SXSW.com)

(Photo Credit: SXSW.com)


Film (March 8-16)

The SXSW Film festival will be filled with big stars and directors this year. Headliners for the fest include: Evil Dead, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Spring Breakers, Hawking and When Angels Sing. The last will especially excite Austinites as it is set right here in our city. The “Conversation” panels this year will feature Matthew McConaughey, Danny Boyle, and Nick Cave.



(Photo Credit: sxsw.com)

(Photo Credit: sxsw.com)

Music (March 12-17)

Hanson, John Mayer, and James Blunt. All of these artists were discovered at the South By Southwest Music Festival. It’s not just about the artists on the main stages though. There are many artists playing at smaller venues that are worth checking out.  Also, the music festival is accompanied by music panels and keynotes that give music lovers a chance to dive deeper and learn more about aspects of music.

The original goal of SXSW was to create an event that would allow creative people to develop their careers and “to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas.” That goal still holds true today across all the fields of  the conference.


Interactive: March 8–12
Film: March 8–16
Music: March 12–17

WHERE: All Over Downtown Austin

TICKETS: Badges start at $595 and range from individual portions to all three. Please click here to purchase badges.

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