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South by Southwest – SXSW (South By) – Conference and festival – what do you need to know?

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South By Southwest (SXSW) is an annual gathering of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences in Austin, Texas, that takes place between March 14th and the 21st. It was founded in 1987 and has grown in both size and scope every year since then. In 2017, the conference lasted 10 days with the interactive track.

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The conference is organized by SXSW, LLC, which also runs conferences, trade shows, festivals, and other events. In addition to the three primaries South by Southwest festivals, the firm runs additional conferences: a conference on educational innovation called SXSW EDU (held in Austin) and me Convention (started in 2017), which is hosted by Mercedes. The SXSW organization has previously sponsored conferences including, from 2011 to 2016, the SXSW Eco conference, a gathering addressing social and environmental issues through the lens of technology, creativity and design held in Austin; and from 2013 to 2015, SXSW V2V: A Conference Focused on Innovative Startups. Previously, SXSW held music festivals in Portland, Oregon (North by Northwest), Toronto, Ontario (NXNE), and Tucson, Arizona (WXSW). Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was no in-person SXSW in 2020 or 2021; instead, there was a smaller online gathering each year. In April 2021, Penske Media Corporation purchased a 50% stake in SXSW.

Music

As of 2014, SXSW Music is the world’s largest music event, with more than 2,000 performances. Each festival offers artist-provided music and video samples through their official YouTube channel via SXSW Music.

In its first year, the conference had 700 registrants, but by 2018 it attracts over 161,000 people. In 2013, SXSW Film and SXSW Interactive events attracted more than 32,000 registrants to Austin in March.

Bands must pay their own travel and lodging expenses to the event. All performers are given a cash payment or a wristband package that provides access to all music activities at the festival.

Film

SXSW Film is an annual event that takes place in Austin, Texas. The SXSW Film Conference includes five days of conference discussions and workshops for filmmakers of all levels. Keynote speakers, panels, teaching sessions, mentorship sessions, and more are included in the program.

In 2015, the SXSW Film Conference organized over 250 sessions with more than 735 speakers. Past speakers include Jon Favreau, Mark Duplass, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Gosling, Nicolas Cage, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Tilda Swinton, Amy Schumer, Sally Field, Joss Whedon, Christine Vachon, RZA, Matthew McConaughey, Danny Boyle, Seth MacFarlane, Catherine Hardwicke, Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green, Harmony Korine, Henry Rollins, Sarah Green and Robert Rodriguez. Although the film festival frequently features independently produced movies with creative viewpoints that are rarely seen in commercial theatres, it has long been a launching pad for studios, using enthusiastic audiences as a test of how their comedies may perform in wide release.

The SXSW Film Festival lasts for nine days, concurrently with the SXSW Film Conference, and seeks to promote raw innovation and emerging talent both behind and in front of the camera. The following are some of the categories available in this year’s festival: Special Events, Headliners, Narrative Spotlight, Documentary Spotlight, Narrative Competition, Documentary Competition, Visions, Midnighters, 24 Beats Per Second, SXGlobal, Episodic, Festival Favorites, and Short Film Programs. The SXSW Film Awards, which are presented on the final day of the Film Conference, recognize films chosen by the Feature and Short Film Juries.

In 2015, the SXSW Film Festival featured 150 feature films and 106 short films out of 7,361 submissions. The Cabin in the Woods, Dance of the Dead, Bridesmaids, and Insidious are just a few examples of past notable world premieres. The TV series Girls, Silicon Valley, and Penny Dreadful are among previous selections

Interactive

SXSW Interactive is a technology-focused event. The conference includes a trade show, speakers, parties, and a startup accelerator, among other things.

About SXSW Baby!

SXSW Baby! is an informal, unofficial weblog for participants in—or those considering it—South by Southwest, an annual new media, film and music conference and festival held in Austin, Texas.

We’re not affiliated in any way with SXSW, Inc., except as big fans and longtime participants. Consider this the “table in the corner” (we think Dinah Sanders came up with that analogy) of a cool Austin club, where you can discuss all the great things you’ve seen and heard and share your creative enthusiasm with a bunch of other happy idiots who just seem to “get it”.

Here you can trade information, tips and memories about SXSW, and meet a great group of folks for whom a sojourn to Austin is an early spring tradition.

This weblog was begun in January 2000 by Paul Bausch, Meg Hourihan, Evan Williams and others as a means to orient newcomers planning to attend for the first time and a way to network among folks who wanted to meet and get the most from the SXSW experience.

The internet being what it is, this weblog has moved around a lot. It started out built with Blogger and living at sxswb.com, then got a complete custom refit and moved over to sxswblog.com. Many of the earliest archives are in disarray. (We’re doing our best to restore what we can from past years as time permits!)

But this is what Ev had to say about the site originally, on January 31, 2000:

I’m not sure if it’s clear what the scope of this site is. (It’s not clear to me anyway.) Most people involved are going to the Interactive part of SXSW, so I was assuming that would be the slant of this site. But if a significant number of people are also going to Music (or Film), we might not want to limit it too much. But then, we don’t want tons of threads about everyone’s favourite bands if the focus is more interactive. A lot of topics straddle both, like Austin in general, where to stay, parties… We could just leave it open and see what develops.

They did leave it to develop, and it spread over the Interactive, Film and Music branches of SXSW. It turns out there are a lot of crossovers, both in terms of interest and participants. A few hardy souls do the whole schmear, setting up housekeeping in Austin for the 10-day event and emerging seriously sleepy-deprived and giddy.)

Some years after that, and with SXSW Baby! still ticking along nicely as the hip kid in the corner, Ev and co decided to retire from the site and live like kings in Patagonia. The site was passed on to Brad L Graham, already a fixture in Austin each year with his Break Bread with Brad opening events to SXSW week. To our great sadness, Brad died suddenly in January 2010, and SXSW Baby! moved on to its next Dread Pirate Roberts.

With a new crew in town, and (most of) the secrets of the site and the code worked out, SXSW Baby! is ready for its second decade. While we’ve closed the majority of The Baby! Boards, we’ve left open a space for Room Share for those of you looking for accommodation in Austin. If you have suggestions for another feature you’d like to see on SXSW Baby!, I’d like to know that too. You can contact me here.

Oh, I’m Ewan, by the way, your host and current custodian of The Baby! (just like everyone before, I’ll do my best to keep it safe!) Maybe we’ll meet again in Austin, eh? I’ll be the one in the kilt.

Baby Boards – SXSW 2013

A long time ago, SXSW Baby was all forum… then it was a blog and a forum… then mostly blog and a bit of forum. Frankly, the spam and maintenance on a forum were killing us, so last year we closed the forums, and left one page open for people to interact in the comments. That was the Room Share page, to help people to find crash space in Austin during SXSW.

That seemed to work, so we’ll be doing the same again, except we’re going to open up a few more communal pages with threaded comments for you to go wild in. But go wild in a respectful and polite way, or we’ll get the mod-stick out!

The Hobbit: A Trilogy of Epic Fantasy Adventure Films

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When you think of epic fantasy adventure, what comes to mind? The Lord of the Rings, perhaps? How about The Hobbit? This trilogy of films tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who sets off on an unexpected journey with a group of dwarves. He soon finds himself in the middle of an epic battle against the dragon Smaug. These films are full of action, adventure, and suspense! If you’re looking for a good fantasy film series to watch, The Hobbit is definitely worth checking out.

The Hobbit film series

The Hobbit is a series of three epic fantasy adventure films based on the novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, produced by New Line Cinema and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The films are set in Middle-earth sixty years before the events of “The Lord of the Rings”, which is also based on Tolkien’s novels, and share a similar cast and premise but are otherwise different in tone, plot, characters, and sequence of events from Jackson’s earlier trilogy.

The story of Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who sets off on an unexpected journey with a group of dwarves, is brought to the big screen in this trilogy of epic fantasy adventure films. The first film, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”, was released in 2012 and was followed by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” in 2013 and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in 2014. These films are full of action, adventure, and suspense! If you’re looking for a good fantasy film series to watch, The Hobbit is definitely worth checking out.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first film in The Hobbit trilogy, based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Wingnut Films.

The film was released on December 14, 2012, in 3D and IMAX 3D theatres worldwide. It grossed over $1 billion at the box office, making it the 15th highest-grossing film of all time.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the second film in The Hobbit trilogy, based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Wingnut Films.

The film was released on December 13, 2013, in North America and United Kingdom theatres simultaneously,[11] with a worldwide release following on December 17.[12][13] It grossed over $950 million at the box office, making it the 16th highest-grossing film of all time.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the third and final film in The Hobbit trilogy, based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Jackson and produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Wingnut Films.

The film was released worldwide on December 17, 2014,[15] with a North American release two days later on December 19.[16][17] It grossed over $956 million at the box office, making it the 17th highest-grossing film of all time.

Cast and crew

The Hobbit films are full of an all-star cast and crew. The film’s star Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Orlando Bloom, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner and many more.

The films were directed by Peter Jackson and produced by New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Wingnut Films.

If you’re looking for a good fantasy film series to watch, The Hobbit is definitely worth checking out. These films are sure to entertain you with their exciting plotlines, amazing special effects and an all-star cast!

If you’re a fan of the books, or if you’re just looking for an enjoyable movie series to watch, The Hobbit is definitely worth your time. Bilbo Baggins is a lovable character with a lot of heart, and watching him go on his adventure is sure to leave you entertained from beginning to end. So sit back, relax, and enjoy The Hobbit film series!

North London

North London Will Amaze You with History and Charm – our guide

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Introduction – North London’s History

North London, an area that has always been associated with the working class. Over time, this area has seen many changes. From being a place where people could find refuge from the Luftwaffe bombings in the Second World War to the once busy manufacturing hub that is now turning into a residential neighbourhood.

North London has also witnessed many changes in its populations as well as their occupations and cultures over time.

What Makes North London So Special?

North London has a lot of attractions. It is not only the location of the best museums in the city, but it is also home to some historic buildings and art galleries. North London is one of the most diverse places in England, with multiculturalism being celebrated. It also contains many green spaces and parks for you to enjoy.

What to See and Do When Visiting North London for the First Time?

1. Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath is a hilly area of more than 600 acres of ancient woodland, grassland and ponds. It is the largest single open space in North London and has been managed for public use since its purchase by the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1887.

It’s one of the most important surviving examples of London’s rural past. Some people believe it should be maintained as an open space forever. Others argue it should be allowed to evolve with natural processes by being turned into a woodland garden.

2. Alexandra Palace

The Alexandra Palace is a historic building in North London. It was originally built in 1873 by Edward VII to be used as a public centre for entertainment. The palace has been home to the BBC since the 1950s.

The palace has also been used for hosting everything from exhibitions, circuses, music concerts, theatre productions and sporting events in its history.

3. Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill is a small residential hill that is situated in North London. The hill has been the site of a rich variety of cultural and historical diversity, from pre-historic man to the present day. Primrose Hill only has a few houses on it, but many people enjoy walking up to it as a way to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city below.

4. Highgate Cemetery

Highgate Cemetery is a 19th-century cemetery in London, England. It’s located in the northern part of the city. The cemetery has a diverse range of architectural styles including Victorian, Greek, Georgian and Gothic Revival.

The cemetery opened in 1839 and became the largest burial ground within London. Today it remains popular with tourists because of its variety of historical tombs which include medical pioneers, politicians and artists.

5. Clissold Park

Clissold Park is a park in the London Borough of Hackney. It is located to the south of Stoke Newington High Street and it has an area of approximately 12 hectares (30 acres).

The park’s history dates back to 1810 when the land was bought by Sir James Clissold, who then built a mansion on the site. The house burnt down in 1892 and gradually the site became a public park. Nowadays it is a popular place for people to go and spend their Sunday afternoons: there’s a nature trail, tennis courts, basketball courts, and many benches where you can sit with your family or friends.

 

Explore the City Without Relying on Public Transport

Public transport in London has been struggling for a while now. In addition to the well-known problems of high fares, frequent strikes and overcrowding, public transport in the city is often quite slow.

The capital’s inhabitants use different means of transport to get around London. Some people prefer to cycle, others opt for buses or trains and many walk the streets of the city. The use of a car in London is a thing of the past.

 

North London’s Best Kept Secrets – Things You Might Not Know About North London

North London is one of the most happening places in the UK. There are plenty of things to do and see, and there’s no shortage of London escorts either.

London is crowded with lots of people. It could be that you are looking for a place to have fun, but you don’t know where. Well, North London is the right place for you!

This section article will introduce some of North London’s best-kept secrets to help you have the perfect evening out in the city.

#1 Escorts in North London – everyone needs companionship sometimes and escorts are there to provide this for people who are lonely or just want some company.

#2 Entertainment Options in North London – there are plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants that offer entertainment options where guests can drink, watch a show or dance the night away.

#3 Fun Things To Do In North London – North London is a great place to find escorts and other entertainment.

North London is home to a diverse range of entertainment venues, from theatres and music venues to clubs. There are also plenty of options for when the evenings draw in, with numerous pubs and bars across the area.

The capital’s well-known nightlife hotspots like Soho and Camden Town are close by, but North London has its own share of music venues and pubs too.

How to Find These Adorable Women in the Place

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You’ve surely heard about the famous Escorts in London and you want to be with one of them during your future stay in the place. The question is do you know where you can find them?

It’s actually very easy to find an escort that will be with you in London. There are so many agencies that employ qualified women to offer the services of an escort. These agencies are legit and qualify their employees to secure a work permit. It only means that you will be hiring a certified escort that is fully trained by the agency.

The easiest way to contact these agencies is through the internet. They have active and updated websites, which show a complete list of the escorts that will be waiting for you in London. You will be very well-informed about the characteristic and the personality of the woman you will choose because the full details about the escorts are given on the website.

You will also be able to know the different services that the escort can give you and their hourly rates. Once you’ve visited the website, all you have to do is to either shoot them an email or give them a call.

Why Hire One of the Gorgeous Escorts in London?

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London has so many beautiful women and it’s amazing to know that there are agencies in the place that offer services that will keep their tourists and locals some company.

The Escorts in London are fully trained and underwent different examinations to make sure that they pass the qualifications of the agencies. We can’t blame other men to fantasize these women. But, there’s a deeper meaning why these women offer these services. These are the more meaningful reasons why men love them.

To Relieve Stress

Every day, there are thousands of tourists that arrive in London. It would always be nice to relax after a long travel and it would be best if it’s with the company of a beautiful escort from London.

For Relationship

Not all men would ditch women after a night of intimacy. Some men are longing for long-term relationships that they think they may find with the beautiful escorts. Hundreds of men and escorts moved on to the next level and eventually lived a better life together.

For Company

Most politicians and other men with positions hire escorts to give them company at a meeting, conference or a ball. The women are hired to give them company in the middle of the party and they find it better to have someone to talk to in a foreign place.

These are just a few of the major reasons why the escorts are being hired. It’s amazing that these women are very professional and continue to do their job wholeheartedly.

Duo Escorts: It’s Twice the Fun

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You can actually hire two beautiful Escorts in London and enjoy their companies with separate rates. They call them as the Duo Escorts. You will be able to have fun and get to know the qualities of each of the escorts you hired.

For sure, the two women have different characteristics that you will enjoy as you spend the rest of your day in London with them. You will also have the chance to choose any from the long list of certified escorts in different websites. Stated there are their different personalities, rates, talents and some of the feedbacks from their past and loyal customers.

Hiring a Duo Escort will never be a burden and is something that you will never regret. You will get the full attention that you have been looking for all your life. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the services and friendship that these women can offer you.

Reasons Why Men Love the Company of the Escorts

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Casual Date

Some people just want to have company to dinner and get the hang of dinner dates. We may call it a practice to become a better date with someone they truly love.

Conversation

There are people who can’t express their thoughts to someone close to them and would need someone to talk to. Talking to one of the Escorts in London is limitless since these women don’t know anything about us and they would understand how we feel, no matter what.

To Relieve Stress

One way to relieve stress is to have someone to talk to and know that someone will comfort and care to listen to you. To relieve stress is one of the major reasons why people choose to get in touch with the women escorts.

People at times, just need someone to share a good conversation with. They need someone who will not judge them and is willing to spend the whole time with them. The beautiful escorts of London don’t just offer their services, but also friendship.

Pointers to Consider in Choosing an Escort

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These tips may help you in your venture to spend your day with an escort.

Know Your Budget

Each woman of a London Escort Agency has different rates. They are classified into different levels and some have higher or lower rates. You have to make sure that your budget will be able to compensate the services that your escort will give you.

Book an Escort

If you choose to hire an independent escort, you have to deal with everything over the phone. The two of you should agree with the rate and everything will follow.

If you choose to hire one from an agency, make sure that you will follow their rules and that they are legit too. You can always send them an email or contact them over the phone. You have to be specific with the details too.

Gather Information About the Escort

You can always ask the agency if your chosen escort has good feedback from clients or the years she has spent in doing the job. It will help you determine if the escort will be able to provide you the services you’re looking for.

To book an escort is very easy, but you need time to get to know the woman and the agency that you’re communicating with. It’s going to be a win-win situation for both parties in the end.

Rules in Different Countries

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If you plan to visit a different country and hire an escort from a London Escort Agency or from different countries, maybe it’s better for you to know these facts to avoid trouble.

Canada

Canada is a democratic country and escorting isn’t illegal. However, establishing it as a business or forming a group of escorts is a crime against the law.

Australia

This job is only allowed if the escort has a valid reason why he or she is an escort. For example, if the escort is doing the job in order to sustain his education then that is acceptable.

Turkey

Escorts are legal, but the government continues to offer them programs to switch to different jobs. They are also considered as professionals in the field and are obliged to undergo medical tests from time to time.

London

It’s a legal business in London and they have a variety of women that the clients can choose from. People just have to be aware that there are fake agencies that won’t give satisfying services.

Escorting is considered to be the easiest way for some women to earn money today. It’s also admiring to know that some countries implement laws for the clients to follow in order to maintain the rights of the women.

Escorting in Different Countries

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For your awareness, here are the rules of Mexico, Syria and Sweden regarding this profession.

Mexico

The field of escorting is allowed in this country. Every single agency is legit and only hires women of legal age. Agencies that hire underage women will face several charges from the government.

Syria

The profession is strictly prohibited and there is no way this type of job will be legalized by the government. However, the rich men of the country are the biggest clients of some of the famous agencies in the world like the London Escort Agency.

Sweden

There is no law yet that will make the act illegal. However, it is still legal and people can hire escorts anytime as long as they won’t be caught by the government. Once caught, they will face several fines and 4 years of being in jail.

We need to realize that not all countries are open to this kind of profession. However, we can’t deny the fact that there are women who would risk their lives to earn a living and people who would always seek for the services of an escort.

If you plan to visit a different country and hire an escort from a London Escort Agency or from different countries, maybe it’s better for you to know these facts to avoid trouble.

Canada

Canada is a democratic country and escorting isn’t illegal. However, establishing it as a business or forming a group of escorts is a crime against the law.

Australia

This job is only allowed if the escort has a valid reason why he or she is an escort. For example, if the escort is doing the job in order to sustain his education then that is acceptable.

Turkey

Escorts are legal, but the government continues to offer them programs to switch to different jobs. They are also considered as professionals in the field and are obliged to undergo medical tests from time to time.

Escorts in London

It’s a legal business in London and they have a variety of women that the clients can choose from. People just have to be aware that there are fake agencies that won’t give satisfying services.

Escorting is considered to be the easiest way for some women to earn money today. It’s also admiring to know that some countries implement laws for the clients to follow in order to maintain the rights of the women.