Could you DiG a SXSW in Newcastle?

Recently I have been proposing a festival for Newcastle along the lines of SXSW in Austin,Texas. We’ve had some really good discussions about it at The Lunaticks Society events and Newcastle Coffee Mornings.

I am proposing that we call it The DiG Festival (Design, Interactive and Green-tech).

I have told anyone who will listen that Austin during SXSW is one of the most exciting places on the planet, and it’ be great to create some of that excitement here too.

I just came across this excellent little video that really illustrates how exciting SXSW really is. The Interactive section runs fro about 1.45 to 4mins but the whole lot is worth a look and could be inspiration for a larger event in the future.

Could you DiG a SXSW in Newcastle? I know I could.

Posted under Conferences, Innovation

Written by Craig Wilson

27 Responses to “Could you DiG a SXSW in Newcastle?”


Comment by Xanthe on August 4th, 2011

I’m in

Comment by Gavin Heaton on August 4th, 2011

Fantastic idea, just the sort of this this city needs.

I think we could see Newcastle emerge as the digital “capital” of Australia with a bit of effort.

Comment by Andrew Haynes on August 4th, 2011

What a great idea, just what this city needs, I’m In!!!!

Comment by Laurence Schuberth on August 4th, 2011

Wow, looks like a huge event to pull off, but very exciting! I’m keen :)

Comment by Luke Arms on August 4th, 2011

kewl! Newcastle needs something like that. I can DiG it.

Comment by Bob Suker on August 4th, 2011

DiG is such an exciting concept and will provide so many positive opportunities for our whole region. I can’t wait to watch this festival develop and have the chance to be a delegate at DiG!!

Comment by Ellen on August 4th, 2011

Can y’all dig it? WE CAN DIG IT!

Comment by David Rossi on August 4th, 2011

Fantastic Idea…..we have so much talent here that needs show casing. Get behind this event!

Comment by Steph Hinds on August 4th, 2011

Looks like something the world could benefit from – lets do it in Newy!

Comment by Alan on August 4th, 2011

Sounds awesome!

Comment by Susannah on August 4th, 2011

This sounds like a great idea. So great if fact, that Newcastle needs to get cracking before someone else jumps on it

Meanwhile, I know you’ve been before Craig but… I’d be more than happy to go on a recon mission to SXSW2012!

Comment by Prue on August 4th, 2011

I think there could be a bunch of us going on “recon” in March 2012.

Comment by Media Hunter on August 4th, 2011

I’m picturing some sort of “The Warriors” themed promo…

Comment by Andrew Haynes on August 4th, 2011

I know an event manager! :)

Comment by Eclipse_Events on August 4th, 2011

What an awesome way to move this city forward and attract & develop “smart and innovative” minds/business/people to Newcastle. Newcastle has so much to offer that has been kept under wraps for wayyy too long.

Comment by Richard on August 4th, 2011

Can we DiG it yes we can.
Would be great for Newcastle tourism industry too.

Comment by Adrian (@OzAz) on August 4th, 2011

We’ll need all the help we can get.

Comment by Media Hunter on August 4th, 2011

Great idea, but how about working with the existing festivals in Newy (This Is Not Art, Electrofringe and Subfestivals) and making it into something huge :)

Comment by Michelle Wallis on August 4th, 2011

Yay!!! I can DiG it!

Comment by Gordon Whitehead on August 4th, 2011

Brilliant idea for the city. It’s better than talking about fig trees!

Comment by Donald Moon on August 4th, 2011

Michelle, that’s the whole idea. Collaborate with the very best talent including other festivals and groups in Newcastle rather than reinventing the wheel.

Comment by Gordon Whitehead on August 4th, 2011

Great idea. I’m down :)

Comment by Tommy Leung on August 4th, 2011

Brilliant idea. Bring it on!

Comment by Suz on August 8th, 2011

NXNE – North by North East?

I’d be up for it!

Comment by Ian Stalvies on August 8th, 2011

Amazing. Simple as that. DiG should be a goer!

Comment by Jacob Talbot on August 15th, 2011

Love the addition of Green tech!!

Pocketry will be in.

Comment by Elliot Rock on December 6th, 2011

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