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12 November 2020
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Semi Permanent Aotearoa. One day, ten hours, 27 speakers and performers. 

On Thursday 12 November at Auckland’s Aotea Centre, 27 of New Zealand’s leading creative practitioners will showcase the breadth, depth, diversity and potential of New Zealand's creative industries. 

With the creative sector adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Semi Permanent has been refocused in ways that will inspire and ‘reboot’ the combined creative industries. It’s an opportunity to showcase the growing economic and cultural value of the creative sector, and to show a new generation pathways into creative careers. 

To achieve these goals, Semi Permanent is free for the first time – thanks to three new partners: Alt Group, Special Group and Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development (ATEED). 

Tickets are available by ballot to ensure fair access for all, and the event is being livestreamed (another SP first!) so the stories and ideas of our leading creatives can be transmitted far beyond the physical walls of the venue.

This year’s lineup is a stellar mix of New Zealand’s brightest talents and most influential figures in design, technology, art, architecture, advertising and screen production.  

It includes leading contemporary artist Lisa Reihana, fashion icon Kate Sylvester, Billy Apple (New Zealand’s greatest living artist), Wallpaper* Designer of the Year 2020 Sabine Marcelis, ex-Apple industrial designer Danny Coster, multi-disciplinary artist Coco Solid, and serial tech entrepreneur Greg Cross, whose latest venture, Soul Machines, is fast changing the face of human-digital interaction.

There is also a focus on live performances, with the legendary contemporary dance group Black Grace, poet Tayi Tibble, rising rapper and producer Vayne, and Troy Kingi, a multi-genre musician and 2020 APRA Silver Scroll finalist all set to take the stage.

And as always, there are associated events – an exhibition at Objectspace, Ponsonby, dedicated to the work of NOM*d, the pioneering fashion label founded by Margi and Chris Robertson 35 years ago, and a live music and fashion show by Stolen Girlfriends Club, scheduled for the evening of 12 November.



Presented by NOM*d

Speakers and Artists

Adrian Pettit Te Ākitai Waiohua, Mana Whenua Forum Auckland, New Zealand
Anita Fontaine
Anita Fontaine Creative Director Wellington, New Zealand
Anthony Byrt Writer Auckland, New Zealand
Billy Apple Artist Auckland, New Zealand
Bron Thomson Digital Strategist Wellington, New Zealand
Chris Jack Architect Christchurch, New Zealand
Coco Solid Artist Auckland, New Zealand
Danny Coster Industrial Designer Christchurch, New Zealand
Deadly Ponies Designers Auckland, New Zealand
Dean Hall Game Designer Auckland, New Zealand
Dean Poole Creative Director Auckland, New Zealand
Greg Cross Technologist Auckland, New Zealand
Heath Lowe Creative Director Auckland, New Zealand
Jamie McLellan Product Designer Auckland, New Zealand
Kate Sylvester Fashion Designer Auckland, New Zealand
Kelvin Soh Graphic Designer Auckland, New Zealand
Kiri Nathan Fashion Designer Auckland, New Zealand
Lisa Reihana Artist Auckland, New Zealand
Lula Cucchiara Director Auckland, New Zealand
Margi Robertson Fashion Designer NOM*D Dunedin, New Zealand
Mike Jensen Industrial Designer Auckland, New Zealand
Neil Ieremia Choreographer Auckland, New Zealand
Sabine Marcelis Product Designer Rotterdam, Netherlands
Tayi Tibble Poet Wellington, New Zealand
Tony Bradbourne CEO, CCO Auckland, New Zealand
Troy Kingi Musician Rotorua, New Zealand
UBCO Industrial Design Tauranga, New Zealand
Vayne Musician Auckland, New Zealand


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