Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

South by Southwest officials announced this week that the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will be a keynote speaker in 2018.

Khan joins previously announced SXSW keynote speakers Darren Aronofsky, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Barry Jenkins, Ester Perel, and Whurley.

South by Southwest Conference and Festivals take place March 9-18th. In addition, SXSW announced even more featured speakers including CNN chief interantional correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Forerunner Ventures founder Kirsten Green, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, Vox editor-at-large Ezra Klein, serial entrepreneur Loic Le Meur, former New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, political strategist and commentator Symone Sanders, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, music producer Young Guru, James Beard Award-winning TV personality Andrew Zimmern, and many more.

“This diverse and dynamic group of speakers represents many of the burgeoning trends we see coming out of SXSW in 2018,” Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer, said in a news release. “From leaders in blockchain and AI ethics to supporters of women’s rights around the world and more, we’re excited to showcase more of the exciting ideas that make our event the foremost destination for creative people.”

SXSW Conference programming is organized into 24 Tracks divided between Interactive, Film, Music, and Convergence, presented in a variety of session formats. Continuing last year’s initiative, SXSW is offering expanded access to events for all registrants.

SXSW 2018 is sponsored by Capital One and The Austin Chronicle.