Starting on Saturday, a slate of Democratic presidential candidates will attend and speak at South by Southwest (SXSW), seeking to connect with a young and liberal crowd at the tech-heavy festival in Austin.

 Among declared candidates for the party nomination, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota are due to speak at SXSW on Saturday.

Former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper and Washington governor Jay Inslee will speak on Sunday.

On Sunday night, three underdog candidates will appear at a CNN-hosted town hall, broadcast from the festival. They are former Maryland congressman John Delaney, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

The California senator Kamala Harris, a heavyweight contender, will not appear at the festival. On Saturday, she is due to appear in South Carolina.

In Austin, the former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke is expected to attend the premiere of a documentary film chronicling his long-shot US Senate campaign that ended in a narrow defeat by the hardline Republican incumbent, Ted Cruz. O’Rourke has not yet announced if he will run for president.

A rising star of the party, New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is due to be interviewed onstage at SXSW on Saturday evening.

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