Nine announce their SXSW Sydney lineup featuring Brickman and Cathy Freeman


Allison Langdon and Jack Robinson will also appear

Nine has announced its partnership with the SXSW Conference and Festivals for its very first debut outside of Austin, holding two unique events at the inaugural SXSW Sydney next week.

As part of the week-long festival which brings together inspired thinkers, creators and innovators from around the globe, Nine will be hosting two panels in the main conference on Monday, October 16, with more events from the wider Nine group spanning across the week.

The Joy And Power Of Play – One Brick At A Time, 10am, ICC 

A growing view in Australia is that play time is a waste of time or something a child must earn as a reward. Join leading Nine journalist Allison Langdon as she challenges that thinking with LegoMaster’s Brickman, internationally awarded academic Professor Pasi Sahlberg and SuperConnect® creator Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie, all leaders in play, all Lego connected, and all creative and academic thinkers, who will explore the power of play at any age to positively impact development.

The panel will discuss how play builds creativity, divergent thinking, adaptability and conflict resolution and show that children who can play in a safe and supportive environment become better communicators, team players and negotiators. They’ll also demonstrate that it doesn’t stop at childhood, play can be at any age to help make stronger, more meaningful human connections.

Sport As A Metaphor For Life, 3:30pm, ICC 

Some of the country’s finest Olympians and champion sports men and women will share just what it takes not only to survive, but to thrive in a hugely competitive environment.

This event includes Cathy Freeman OAM, Australia’s gold medallist at Sydney 2000, surfer and Olympic qualifier for 2024, Jack Robinson, Ruan Sims, rugby league and union star and Ellie Cole, Australia’s most decorated Paralympian, all on stage at SXSW with Sports Journalist of the year Konrad Marshall. 

Nine’s chief marketing officer, Liana Dubois said: “Nine is incredibly excited to be part of the inaugural SXSW Sydney. This iconic event celebrates the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture and I can’t think of a bigger or better opportunity for Nine to showcase how our talent, brands and thought leaders shape Australian culture.”

See also: SXSW Sydney: Full lineup released for The Discovery Stage presented by INVNT

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