Semi Permanent Wellington 2021

After a year in which our global systems, cultures and traditions were upended, Semi Permanent is embracing this spirit of change and evolution and will host the New Zealand edition of our creativity and design festival exclusively in the country’s capital this October. A city defined by creative community and undergoing considerable rejuvenation, Wellington makes for the perfect home for Semi Permanent’s redesigned event, one with renewed perspectives and greater opportunities for connection and engagement.

Just like the Semi Permanent that you know and love, this year’s festival is anchored by an extensive program of talks, interviews, conversations and presentations and comprises an unrivalled line-up of some of the creative industry’s best in class in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Honouring our design origin, we’ll welcome the likes of Canadian-born designer and innovator Bruce Mau, boundary-pushing “art-chitect” James Yeha Brown, and master type designer Kris Sowersby to the main stage, with each offering unique insights into their individual practices. But we’ll also take you beyond the traditional bounds of creativity, with talks by Briar Grace-Smith, a filmmaker and one of New Zealand's most celebrated writers of award-winning plays, screenplays, short fiction and television scripts; photographer and punk counter-culture documentarian Liz Ham; iconic fashion designer and businesswoman Karen Walker; the co-founders of micro-brewery Garage Projects, Jos Ruffell; the mastermind of the Gold Coast City Gallery’s recent $60m upgrade, HOTA director Tracy Cooper-Lavery; director and producer Florian Habicht; and strategic agency Tank, a champion empathy, equality and inclusion in its brand-building. It doesn’t end there, though. Having completely reimagined the event experience, we’re also breaking free from the auditorium to offer you a richer and multi-sensory experience this year. From bespoke workshops and film screenings to exhibitions, book and product launches, and completely unique dining offerings, this is Semi Permanent 2.0, and we’re excited to see you there. Stay tuned for more.

Highlights

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Speakers & Artists

Schedule

    • 9:00 AM

      Workshop ∙ 3 hours

      Design thinking masterclass with Danny Coster
    • 1:00 PM

      Workshop ∙ 4 hours

      Calligraphy for the Climate, with Gemma O'Brien

      Protest posters for change - a workshop about the power of words, showing up and taking a stance.

    • 9:10 AM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      Roman Jewell
    • 10:20 AM

      Talk ∙ 40 min

      Bruce Mau
    • 11:30 AM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      Karen Walker
    • 12:05 PM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      Jos Ruffell
    • 12:40 PM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      Rob Campbell
    • 2:15 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Seb Chan, ACMI
    • 2:45 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Tracy Cooper-Lavery
    • 3:15 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Jim Antonopolous
    • 4:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      James Ford
    • 4:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Crystal Fong
    • 5:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Steve Dunstan
    • 9:10 AM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      James Brown
    • 9:45 AM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      Shabnam Shiwan
    • 10:20 AM

      Talk ∙ 40 min

      Kris Sowersby
    • 11:30 AM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      Kris Andrew Small
    • 12:05 PM

      Talk ∙ 35 min

      Jess Johnson
    • 2:15 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Liz Ham
    • 2:45 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Florian Habicht
    • 3:15 PM

      Talk ∙ 25 min

      Briar Grace Smith, Patricia Grace and Miriama Grace Smith
    • 4:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Rik Campbell
    • 4:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Simon Devitt
    • 5:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Michaela Webb
    • 5:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Johnson Witehira

Tickets

27 — October 29, 2021
Michael Fowler Centre

Premium Experience

Elevate your festival experience with a Premium ticket, unlocking exclusive access to keynote talent, hospitality and bespoke side-events for the ultimate Semi Permanent experience.
Includes:
  • Festival event access
  • Premium Lounge access and allocated seating
  • Food, refreshments & exclusive hospitality invitations
  • Professional networking and VIP events
  • Semi Permanent Gift Pack
For all ticketing enquiries contact: tania@semipermanent.com

The Festival Experience

Join us for the full festival experience, or just part of it. This year, our ticket offering to includes single or multi-day passes, giving you the opportunity to curate your own festival program or come along for the ride.
Ticket includes Event access across all options, including:
  • One Day pass
  • Two Day pass
For all ticketing enquiries contact: tania@semipermanent.com

Workshops

This year we're breaking free from the auditorium to offer you a richer and multi-sensory experience this year. With two bespoke workshops happening on Wednesday, this is Semi Permanent 2.0.  
  • Workshop 1 - Design Ideation Workshop with Danny Coster
  • Workshop 2 - Calligraphy for the climate - Protest Posters for change, with Gemma O'Brien
For all ticketing enquiries contact: tania@semipermanent.com

Information

  • Home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Wellington's main stage for leading performing artists, this much-loved part of the Wellington skyline sits right at the heart of the capital city's civic and cultural precinct.
    The spacious auditorium with stunning acoustics is complemented by the Renouf Foyer and Lion Harbourview Lounge. Choose the Michael Fowler Centre auditorium as a venue for your conference, graduation, awards presentation or dinner, or one of the smaller spaces for presentations, cocktail functions and trade shows.
    A striking three-level glass facade fronts a magnificent interior space, finished with Italian marble and native timbers. The architecture has seen the venue win numerous architecture awards.
    The Michael Fowler Centre is within an easy stroll of major hotel accommodation, culinary delights, quirky cafes, boutique shopping in Wellington's arts, culture and entertainment precinct.
  • Semi Permanent is an industry-recognised event, attended by people working in the fields of design, advertising, media, marketing, technology, entertainment, government and more. If you would like to purchase multiple tickets for your team, get in touch and we'll look after you direct. We also offer a reduced rate student ticket.
    Contact: tania@semipermanent.com

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