SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - SouthNEXT is back for its fourth annual collision of inspirational ideas this weekend, Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.

SouthNEXT, which is described by organizers as "New Jersey’s festival that explores our similarities by celebrating our differences," returns again to the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) on Nov. 10, and for the first time, will also have programming on Nov. 11 at Seton Hall University’s Theater in the Round at the University Center.

SouthNEXT features programing from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. 

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The 2018 SouthNEXT Festival will explore "technology and mindfulness, productivity and purpose," stated Festival founder and South Orange Village Trustee Stephen Schnall.

“Each year SouthNEXT brings together local artists, speakers, and performers to catalyze the kind of “creative collisions” that spark new ideas and inspire new solutions to some of the most pressing communal challenges of our times,” said Schnall.

Featured sessions at this year’s SouthNEXT include:

  • Reclaiming the Purpose of Humanity in the Age of Machines
  • Arousal and Engagement in the Time of Fitbit
  • Magic, Leadership and Transcendence
  • Interactive Art Mural to be created by the community
  • Intergenerational Jeopardy!
  • Technology in Music over the last 50 years – Boon or Bane?

RWJ/Saint Barnabas Medical Center returns as SouthNEXT’s Lead Sponsor and is joined by Premier Sponsor Seton Hall University, and Local Sponsors South Orange Village, Stop&Shop, SOPAC.

Learn more at, including ticket information. Organizers recommend early registration as "this year the focus will be on inspiring the attendees in intimate venues with a limited number of available seats."