Semi Permanent Sydney 2021

Following an immensely transformative year, Semi Permanent returns to its Sydney home for our leading festival of business, design and creativity. Curated around the theme ‘BRIDGES’, the redesigned multi-day event seeks to assess this new reality we find ourselves in, putting you at the centre of whatever comes next.

The Semi Permanent experience has always been held in response to an ever-changing creative world; in 2021 that remains more true than ever. Following a year of research and consultation, this year's festival has been redesigned from the ground up to bring you deeper into the conversation and reflect the multitude of perspectives across business, design and creativity today. This approach to curation, programming and participation—adapted for the requirements of a rapidly changing world—places less focus on one-way storytelling and greater emphasis on interactive workshops, community engagement, networking opportunities and a continuous blurring of the lines between what's happening on-stage, back-stage, off-site and on-screen. Programming and ticket types are detailed below, with more announcements to come. See you in November.

Speakers & Artists


17 — November 19, 2021

Premium Experience

Elevate your festival experience with a Premium ticket or upgrade for the first time ever to a Platinum pass, unlocking exclusive access to keynote talent, hospitality and bespoke side-events for the ultimate Semi Permanent experience.
  • Event access Wednesday to Friday
  • Premium Lounge access and allocated seating
  • Food, refreshments & exclusive hospitality invitations
  • Professional networking and VIP events
  • Accomodation at Paramount House Hotel and travel concierge (Platinum Ticket only)
  • Semi Permanent Gift Pack (RRP $500+)

Festival Experience

Join us for the full three-day experience, or just part of one. This year, we've expanded our ticket offering to include half day, full day or multi-day passes, giving you the opportunity to curate your own festival program or buy a multi-day ticket and come along for the ride.
Includes Event access across all options, including:
  • Half day AM pass
  • Half day PM pass
  • One Day pass
  • Two Day pass
  • Three Day pass

Group and Corporate Sales

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.
  • Group discounts
  • Event access


  • Carriageworks is the largest multi-arts centre in Australia, with a year-round program that is ambitious, radical and inclusive.
    Semi Permanent operates on the land of Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional custodians of this land. We pay respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present, and emerging.
  • Semi Permanent has delivered 20 years of inspiration, networking and upskilling at our namesake festivals of creativity and design. And in 2021, we're back in our hometown of Sydney, with our most ambitious lineup yet.
    If your boss needs a little more convincing that this is an event worthy of your time, download the PDF at the link below, and read on for reasons to help get them across the line.

    Download 'Convince Your Boss' PDF

    • New Perspectives
    Be inspired by the talent on-stage at Semi Permanent. Our workshops and talks are renowned for being inspiring and engaging while highly transferable regardless of discipline or craft. An on our stage, no two speakers are alike.
    We've enlisted a neuroscientist, a female-led film collective, a seaweed farmer and a Star Wars animator and that's just the beginning.
    • IRL Learning
    Intrigued by something a speaker said? Go and ask them about it in the foyer. Want to discuss some ideas from a session? Just turn to the person sitting next to you.
    If 2020 proved anything, its the luxury of face-to-face collaboration, so shut down your laptop screen and get involved.
    • Future Thinking
    Trends, insights, news and updates are the currency of this business, and Semi Permanent's speakers are at the forefront. We bundle decades of research, practice and synthesis into three days of intensive learning.
    • The Person Next to You
    Alongside our inspiring on-stage talent, respected leaders and emerging voices in design, business, media, advertising and beyond make up our festival audience.
    There are thousands of new conversations, opportunities, collaborations and partnerships awaiting you at SP.
    • Reinvigorate Creativity in the Workplace
    Come back to the office with a head full of new ideas, a notepad of innovative practices and a rolodex of new contacts to connect with.


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