Auckland 2019 – August 15-17
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Auckland 2019

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August 15-17

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Semi Permanent Auckland, August 15-17 2019 
Semi Permanent, New Zealand’s most prestigious, popular and influential creative festival, is
back in Auckland in 2019 to once again pull community together, shape ideas and celebrate
the power of good design to change and influence the world around us.  
For 16 years Semi Permanent has brought the best global design talent to local shores to
share thought-provoking, inspirational and often very personal insights about what it means
to practice design at the highest levels. This year’s festival sees an exciting line-up of
accomplished speakers hand-picked to inspire and motivate with their knowledge and
experiences from all areas of design, from art, graphic design and film to music and
photography, and from advertising and illustration to new wave publishing, poetry, product
design and architecture. 
Semi Permanent speakers are design leaders, philosophers and change makers. They are
technological wunderkind and life-long innovators with stellar careers and incredible stories
to tell. If they have anything in common, it is that they have never stopped learning, never
stopped dreaming, and never stopped making.  
This year, Semi Permanent Auckland will again be held in tandem with the Future of the
Future – and event specifically tailored to meet the needs and interests of New Zealand
businesses negotiating the fast-paced and fast-changing world of technology and innovation.
Future of the Future is a definitive, highly informed business briefing led by influential
decision makers at the world’s game-changing companies, such as Google, instagram,
Microsoft, Kickstarter, and Airbnb. 
Semi Permanent and Future of the Future run from 15-17 August at Auckland’s Aotea
Centre. News of more speakers will be announced over the coming weeks. Join Semi
Permanent’s mailing list or follow us on social media for the latest news.




Across two thought-provoking panels, at this year's Semi Permanent festival, Rare talents from around the world share how embracing their difference and staying true to themselves helped them reach their fullest creative potential.
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Future of the Future

A high-speed, high-impact business briefing. Gain insights from the leaders of world-changing companies.
Join the Future of the Future and give your team a head-start that will move them forward with confidence into this rapidly changing world.

Light Leaks

The designers describe Light Leaks as “a curious space that alternates between a meditative state, and an uneasy imbalance.
Open to all ticket holders
More to be announced

Speakers and Artists

Aiyemobisi Williams Chief Insights Officer, Massive Change Network (MCN) Chicago, United States
Ana Arriola General Manager & Partner, AI + Research & Search Seattle, United States
Astrid Stavro Partner – Pentagram London, United Kingdom
Bruce Mau Chief Design Officer of Freeman, the Co-Founder & CEO - MCN Chicago, United States
Charles Adler Founder – Lost Arts & Co-Founder Kickstarter Chicago, United States
Chris novak
Chris Novak Partner, Head of the Xbox Design Studio – Microsoft Seattle, United States
Erik Brandt Chair of the Design Department & Professor of Graphic Design – MCAD Michigan, United States
Hazel Baird
Hazel Baird Design Director – Elastic Los Angeles, United States
Heidi Berg
Heidi Berg Creative Director & Motion Designer Los Angeles, United States
Ian Spalter
Ian Spalter Head of Design at Instagram San Francisco, United States
Ivy Ross Vice President, Design for Hardware Products – Google San Francisco, United States
Kelly McCarthy Senior Vice President Global Brands – LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy New York, United States
Kyle McDonald Artist / Coder New York, United States
Lernert & Sander Artists / Filmmakers Amsterdam, Netherlands
Matthew Clark Founding Partner & Creative Director – UVA London, United Kingdom
Matthew Jones Partner | Creative Director — Accept & Proceed London, United Kingdom
Nikki Gonnissen Co-founder & Director – Thonik Amsterdam, Netherlands
Shantell Martin Artist New York, United States
Studio Feixen Creative Director, Swiss Graphic Designer Luzern, Switzerland
Tara Mckenty
Tara Mckenty Creative Director – Google APAC Sydney, Australia
Thomas Widdershoven Co-founder & Director – Thonik Amsterdam, Netherlands
More to be announced


August 15
August 16
August 17


  • Entry to all main-stage talks and panel sessions
  • Access to all design showcases and installations
  • Access to Networking Drinks
  • SP19 Special Edition Book design by Mark Gowing “Formist”
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  • Premium Lounge / Speaker area - access all day with wifi complimentary food and drink (breakfast Thursday, lunch, coffee & tea)
  • Priority access to all areas and reserved seats for all sessions
  • SP Special gift
  • Entry to all talks and panel sessions
  • Access to all design showcases and installations
  • Access to all workshop sessions
  • Entry to the Launch Party and Functions incl complimentary food & drink
  • SP19 Special Edition Book design by Mark Gowing “Formist”
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Aotea Centre

50 Mayoral Drive, Auckland, New Zealand

Aotea Centre is a multi-purpose venue of world-class design.

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