The White House South Lawn may or may not be littered with flower crowns and tie-dye today. President Barack Obama is hosting his very own music and ideas festival inspired by SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas.
The all-day event, cleverly dubbed South by South Lawn, started at 9:45 this morning and goes until 7:45 p.m. It will feature music, panel conversations, and case studies in innovation – check out the full schedule here.
According to the White House website, “At SXSL, we’ll call on every American to roll up their sleeves and discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country. And it’s an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring work so many Americans have already accomplished.”
Musical guests will include The Lumineers (quickly imagine Obama singing to “Hey Ho”), Gallant, Black Alley, and DJ Beverly Bond. In addition, the day will be filled with panel discussions about America’s future, including one between artist James Turrell and architect David Adjaye, and one about climate change between Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe.
The event will end with a 7:45 p.m. screening of Before the Flood, DiCaprio’s never-before-seen documentary.