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If you still had any doubts about whether Barack Obama is one of the coolest presidents in American history, this news should switch that question mark into a bullet point pretty pronto. Inspired by Austin's South by Southwest, the POTUS is bringing the first South by South Lawn festival to White House pastures at the end of this week, and Leonardo DiCaprio and the kids from Stranger Things will be joining him!

Similarly to SXSW, the festival celebrates a triad of music, film and "interactive," focusing on creativity, education and just generally the positive things that make being a human in this day and age a little more pleasant.

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With the aim of tackling "our toughest challenges," SXSL asks all Americans to start making a positive difference to the country while giving those who've already done so a platform to inspire the next generation.

Obama and DiCaprio via Whitehouse.Gov
Obama and DiCaprio via Whitehouse.Gov

Among those who've been working toward protecting and bettering the planet is Leonardo DiCaprio, who'll be speaking with Obama alongside climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe (great name) on the importance of their work so far. Their talk will be accompanied by a screening of Leo's new documentary Before the Flood, which will be the first movie ever screened on the White House lawns. How cool is that?!

Stranger Things via Netflix
Stranger Things via Netflix

As if that weren't enough, SXSL will host a Student Film Festival based around the theme of The World I Want To Live In, in which amateurs are joined by industry professionals — and this is where the cast of Stranger Things comes in! Taking a break from turning the internet into a total frenzy, the Duffer brothers and the kids (Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo) will be on hand to share messages of encouragement and personal experience.

Other names in attendance so far include musicians The Lumineers, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, DJ Beverly Bond and artists David Garibaldi and Chuck Close.

Read more about the event here.

This won't be the first time Leonardo DiCaprio has used his time in the spotlight for a good cause; remember his brilliant acceptance speech-cum-climate change warning at the Oscars this year? If not, take three minutes out of your day to watch it below:

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