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Semi Permanent 2021 — POSTPONED

The epic design festival returns to Carriageworks with talks, workshops and pop-ups.
By Ben Hansen
June 10, 2021
By Ben Hansen
June 10, 2021

UPDATE: Tuesday, July 20 2021 — In light of Greater Sydney's current COVID-19 situation, Semi Permanent has been postponed till Wednesday, November 17–Friday, November 19. Further details are yet to be announced, but we'll be sure to keep you updated. For more information, visit the event's website. For more information about the status of COVID-19 in NSW, head to the NSW Health website.


Creatives can rejoice at the return of Semi Permanent's annual design, business and tech festival this spring. The Sydney-based design and experience company has revealed details for its flagship program, including the theme Bridges for this year. The program's line-up focuses on an emphasis on the unexpected, from surprising collaborations to unique shared experiences.

Returning to its home in Carriageworks, design fans can discover works and ideas from a slate of local creatives and international designers across the three-day festival. Semi Permanent 2021 will expand on previous iterations, featuring a suite of art, talks, workshops and experiences.

On the Semi Permanent stage and across Carriageworks, attendees can gather to listen to talks and contributions from the likes of artist Reg Mombassa; Marvel-associated visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic; Dollhouse Pictures co-founders Gracie Otto, Krew Boylan and Jessica Carrera; Formist founder Mark Gowing; and illustrator, podcast and comedian Campbell Walker, or as he's better known, Struthless.

Outside the core program of talks, the festival will feature a range of workshops and experiential activations. The popular Singapore Art Book Fair will pop-up as part of Semi Permanent, featuring 30 hand-selected titles by the fair's director Renee Ting. The range will champion Southeast Asian artists and independent publishers.

Artist and film director Clemens Habicht will create a never before seen large-scale interactive artwork for Semi Permanent. Local furniture and bookstore BTWNLNS will be presenting designs from a range of Berlin-based designers alongside a pop-up of the German bookstore Do You Read Me?! Elsewhere, Ta-ku's 823 will be running a series of hands-on photography workshops and exhibitions.

2021 will also mark the first year Semi Permanent is heading online, with a range of yet-to-be-announced digital experiences running simultaneously with the in-person festival. "Semi Permanent has always been at the forefront of an ever-changing world, but 2020 has exposed the need for more urgent conversations about where we are now vs. where we can and need to be," Bell said.


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