The Mogwai and Trent Reznor-scored climate change documentary, Before The Flood, will also get a preview screening at the event next month.
The young cast members of Stranger Things and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are among the artists invited by President Obama to appear at the first-ever festival at The White House, South By South Lawn.
A “festival of ideas, art and action”, according to the official White House blog, the one-day event has been organised in collaboration with and inspired by SXSW. It will “bring together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of their fellow Americans and people around the world.”
Alongside panel discussions and interactive exhibits, there will be musical performances from Denver folk-rock trio The Lumineers, soul outfit Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and DJ Beverly Bond, with more music still yet to be announced. Speakers include artist James Turrell, architect David Adjaye, activist Brittany Packnett, tech CEO Stewart Butterfield and Yael Aflalo of fashion label Reformation.
Three selections from the 3rd Annual White House Student Film Festival will be screened along with appearances by members of the Stranger Things cast: Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas), Finn Wolfhard (Mike) and Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin).
President Obama will take part in a conversation about climate change with Leonardo DiCaprio and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, prior to the preview screening of DiCaprio-directed documentary Before The Flood, which has been scored by Mogwai and Trent Reznor.
“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,” says The White House.
The ballot for tickets has now closed but you can livestream the festival from the White House website
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