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DC-native Kelela wowed the crowd from the Events DC Soundstage at the WeDC House with her soulful vocals.

Texas (yes, Texas) showcased the best of DC in an exclusive event

With a growing sports fan base, exciting entertainment opportunities and renowned culinary achievements, the DC landscape is one that the rest of the country wants to see, hear and taste.

That's why the District's finest headed down south last month from March 11-15 to Austin's SXSW for the second year in a row: to showcase the finest our city has to offer. (Check out what happened at last year's event here).

As the District's official convention and sports authority, Events DC partnered with the Office of the Mayor, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) and the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WEDCP) in Austin at the WeDC House to highlight everything that makes our city so great.

"Our goal remains to attract innovative leaders, brands and events to DC: an inclusive city and a hotbed of creativity and innovation," said Max Brown, chairman, Board of Directors, Events DC.

Here's the low-down on the event:

Who was there?

Festival-goers enjoyed an all-female music lineup at the Events DC Music Showcase, James Beard-nominated chefs and an official SXSW panel on Esports and Interactive Gaming Lab. Special guests included:

  • Kelela, a native Washingtonian, whose debut album and recent Rolling Stone feature positions her as the future of R&B.
  • Chefs Scott Drewno and Danny Lee from CHIKO, a 2018 James Beard Award finalist, who have created a new breed of fine-casual, Chinese-Korean fusion in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  • Nairo, an NG Esports professional Super Smash Bros. player, who engaged with festival-goers in open play tournaments.

Attendees also visited the Events DC interactive truck-turned-DJ booth, featuring DJ Ki and DJ Mathias, both DC-based DJs, who gave a crash course on the art of DJ'ing - including tips on spinning and balancing levels.

Other DC-based artists that played at the Events DC Music Showcase were Priests, Shaed, Oshun, Eau Claire, Babeo Baggins, DJ Farrah Flosscett and DJ Ayes Cold.

The official program panel, Standardizing Esports: The Next Phases for Cities, included the industry's thought-leaders, including Andy Miller, co-founder of NRG Esports and co-owner of the Sacramento Kings, Thierry Chau from Ruckus, a leading technology venue integrator and Kristen Salvatore from Twitch, a live-streaming video platform.

What were the main events?

The entire program was centered around game-changing events based on technology, culture and entertainment. These were the highlights:

  • SXSW 2018 set the stage for an interactive gaming lab with NRG's Super Smash Bros. and Red Bull Conquest pop-up, featuring Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, TEKKEN 7, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV2.
  • A private reception with chefs Drewno and Lee at the WeDC House, featuring a special menu focused on Korean BBQ and accompaniments highlighting the CHIKO menu.
  • Events DC hosted an official SXSW Esports after party at the iconic Antone's, featuring artists IDK, Rico Nasty, MannyWellz, Bat Fangs, Flasher and more.

The takeaway?

The District continues to be a tech-driven city that attracts residents, visitors and businesses from around the world, and Events DC is committed to promoting our city's talented artists, signature festivals and iconic venues-to best support our rich and diverse community.

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