Semi Permanent Middle East 2021

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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. Tickets for Semi Permanent Middle East have now been released, but you’d better be quick: in ensuring this is a Covid-safe experience, this is a festival experience like no other. Intimate and exclusive, this is your chance to dive into the creative processes of the world’s best artists, musicians, designers and more. From an exclusive interview with award-winning DJ and songwriter 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, Semi Permanent is your window into the current state of global creativity. See you in Abu Dhabi.

Highlights

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Speakers & Artists

Schedule

    • 10:00 AM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Jason Seife
    • 10:30 AM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Willo Perron
    • 12:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Brian Roettinger
    • 12:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Mark Ronson
    • 4:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Andrea Brocca
    • 4:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Refik Anadol
    • 6:00 PM

      Panel ∙ 30 min

      House of Artisans
    • 6:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Dana Hourani
    • All day

      Installation

      Refik Anadol Installation

      Immerse yourself in Anadol's moving lifeforms with a first-of-its-kind work exclusive to the region.

    • All day

      Drink and dine

      The Flower Shop NYC

      Be transported to New York’s Lower East Side at our pop-up of iconic bar and restaurant The Flower Shop

    • All day

      Exhibitions

      La Rosa Social Club

      The pop-up art exhibition of Los Angeles-based filmmaker, art curator and cultural icon Aaron Rose, La Rosa Social Club, will make its debut in the Middle East with a host of world-renowned contemporary artmakers.

    • 11:00 AM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Nourie Flayhan
    • 11:30 AM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Ryan McGinley
    • 1:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Johanna Jackson
    • 1:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Oana Stanescu
    • 5:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Bünyamin Aydin
    • 5:30 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Verhaal Studio
    • 7:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Aaron Rose
    • All day

      Installation

      Refik Anadol Installation

      Immerse yourself in Anadol's moving lifeforms with a first-of-its-kind work exclusive to the region.

    • All day

      Drink and dine

      The Flower Shop NYC

      Be transported to New York’s Lower East Side at our pop-up of iconic bar and restaurant The Flower Shop

    • All day

      Exhibitions

      La Rosa Social Club

      The pop-up art exhibition of Los Angeles-based filmmaker, art curator and cultural icon Aaron Rose, La Rosa Social Club, will make its debut in the Middle East with a host of world-renowned contemporary artmakers.

    • 11:30 AM

      Film Screening ∙ 1.5 hours

      MAU Film Screening

      MAU is the first-ever, feature-length documentary about the design visionary Bruce Mau. The film explores his unlikely creative journey and ever-optimistic push to tackle the world’s biggest problems with design.

    • 2:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Hussain AlMoosawi
    • 4:00 PM

      Talk ∙ 30 min

      Ismail Zaidy
    • 4:30 PM

      Workshop ∙ 45 min

      Jason Seife Workshop
    • All day

      Installation

      Refik Anadol Installation

      Immerse yourself in Anadol's moving lifeforms with a first-of-its-kind work exclusive to the region.

    • All day

      Drink and dine

      The Flower Shop NYC

      Be transported to New York’s Lower East Side at our pop-up of iconic bar and restaurant The Flower Shop

    • All day

      Exhibitions

      La Rosa Social Club

      The pop-up art exhibition of Los Angeles-based filmmaker, art curator and cultural icon Aaron Rose, La Rosa Social Club, will make its debut in the Middle East with a host of world-renowned contemporary artmakers.

Tickets

14 — October 16, 2021
Manarat Al Saadiyat

Semi Permanent is no ordinary event. As the largest and longest-running creativity and design festival in the southern hemisphere, Semi Permanent is renowned for offering an engagingly immersive experience like no other. And for the first time, it’s coming to the Middle East this October. 

For all ticketing enquiries contact: tania@semipermanent.com

Ticketing


With the purchase of a ticket, you’ll gain access to art exhibitions and installations by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, be transported to Downtown New York with The Flower Shop’s first ever drink-and-dine pop-up outside of the USA, hear from artists, musicians, architects and other leading creatives as they share unique insights into the creative process and success, and much more. 
Check the event programme carefully to choose the session you’d most like to attend. Each session is sold separately, and numbers are limited. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Session Times


Thursday
9.00am - 2.00pm
3.00pm - 8.00pm 
Friday
10.00am - 3.00pm
4.00pm - 9.00pm 
Saturday
11.00am - 6.00pm

Information

  • 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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