Semi Permanent Middle East 2021

This October, the biggest creativity and design festival in the southern hemisphere comes to the Middle East for the first time.

After more than a year of restricted social interaction, Semi Permanent returns in 2021 with refreshed vigour and a mandate to provide unique human experiences. In our first festival in the Middle East, Semi Permanent will present three days of talks, performances, dining experiences, art installations and screenings from a standout line-up of acclaimed global creative talent aimed at offering fresh and unique perspectives on our world post-pandemic. From an exhibition of Sabine Marcelis’s sculptural objects and a live DJ set by Mark Ronson, to a pop-up bar and restaurant by New York establishment The Flower Shop and an installation by the genre-defying artist Refik Anadol, we’re pleased to share an early preview of the names taking part in the festival, with a full program of speakers, performers, workshops and more experiences to be announced soon. See you in Abu Dhabi.


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Speakers & Artists


  • Manarat Al Saadiyat is the Abu Dhabi home of art, cultural  and community events; where everyone can come together to share, consider, and create all types of creative artistic expression.   
    Set in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s cultural hub of Saadiyat Island, Manarat Al Saadiyat is a haven for anyone and everyone to hang out, relax, be inspired and explore a diverse range of artistic expressions. Discover an exhibition, exchange ideas, enjoy delectable food, attend a talk or enjoy a movie… Manarat Al Saadiyat is your destination.
    We celebrate Abu Dhabi’s booming diversity and creativity and also encourage innovative art projects We support entrepreneurship and encourage grassroots initiatives developed by in our communities.     


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