8 Unexpected Moments From SXSW [PICS]

Todd Olmstead

South by Southwest can be a stimulus overload. With so much to see and do crammed into such a short period of time, it's easy to forget to stop and take in the smaller details.

Some of the most interesting moments happen outside of the panels and official festivities, and are fueled by the creative energy of the thousands of people who flock to Austin, TX. You never know when you'll turn a corner and find yourself in the middle of a flash mob or a dance party.

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And while these whimsical, serendipitous memories are part of the culture of SXSW, it's also important to find moments of solitude and reflection, if for no other reason than to maintain some degree of sanity.

At the very beginning of the 10-day festival, we asked you to show us and our partners at CNN iReport to show us your SXSW experiences. We received lots of great submissions, many of which were displayed at the iReport booth during the SXSW trade show.

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People sent pictures and videos showing us everything from parties to panels. You showed us quiet moments and flash mobs, the skyline and registration lines. We picked some of our favorites that we thought showed a diverse experience and reflected some of the more unique, off-the-schedule experiences.

Check out our picks below, and see all of the submissions over at iReport.

1. Impropmtu Dance Party

Flashpacker captured this impropmtu dance party, which broke out at the premiere of the independent film Girl Walk/All Day, led by cast member Daisuke Omiya.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.