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30-31 October 2020
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Semi Permanent is a two-day design, business and creativity festival. Our Porto 2020 event is inspired by the spirit of reinvention driving the city itself, by way of the world's best names in design, business and creativity. Hear universally inspiring stories and useful lessons, explore interactive workshops and exhibitions, enjoy some good food and drinks, and make some new friends. 

Our 2020 theme is RESTLESS.

We live in a time of unparalleled transformation, but the challenges posed by this rate of change are unsolvable by traditional process and ideas. We need restless individuals, restless cities and restless ideas to make up the difference. Put simply, there is no time for anything less.


Scott Dadich (USA)

The founder of Godfrey Dadich Partners, director of Netflix's Abstract: The Art of Design and former WIRED editor-in-chief teaches you a lifetime's worth of critical thinking.
Friday 30 October - all ticket holders

Hamill Industries: Research-driven storytelling

A lesson in relentless experimentation from the Barcelona-based workshop.
Saturday October 31 - all ticket holders

Anagrama (MEX)

Design intelligence from Mexico City's finest, with CEO Daniela Garza.
Saturday May 25 - all ticket holders

Rosario Costa

The Senior Design Director at LEGO® Group teaches you the building blocks of creativity
Friday October 30, all ticket holders

José Avillez

The Michelin-starred chef explores food as a universal creative practice
Friday October 30 - all ticket holders
More to be announced



Workshops and labs

Learn new practices that fast-track creativity, energise teamwork and supercharge productivity.
Included in your event ticket
Event packs

Event pack

Your Semi Permanent experience continues long after you've left the venue.
General or Premium packs, included with your event ticket


Let's make some friends.
Private and public functions included with your ticket
More to be announced

Installations and Screenings

The Panic Office - Stanley Donwood & Radiohead

An immersive installation coming exclusively to Porto this October, 2020.
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More to be announced

Speakers and Artists

Ajaz Ahmed CEO – AKQA London, United Kingdom
Daniela Garza Creative Partner & CEO, Anagrama Mexico City, Mexico
Hamill Industries Creative Studio Barcelona, Spain
José Avillez Chef Lisbon, Portugal
Naresh Ramchandani Pentagram London, United Kingdom
Pacifica Communication Studio Porto, Portugal
Rosário Costa Senior Design Director at LEGO® Group Copenhagen, Denmark
Scott Dadich in Sydney 2015
Scott Dadich CO-CEO, founder – Godfrey Dadich Partners San Francisco, United States
Stanley Donwood
Stanley Donwood Artist London, United Kingdom
More to be announced


October 30
October 31


  • Tote bag "Restless"
  • SP Event Book
  • Entry to the launch party Thursday night including free drinks
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  • Tote bag "Restless"
  • SP Event Book
  • SP Special Gift
  • Front row seats
  • Premium Lounge - Free food and drinks throughout the day of events
  • 1 x Premium Lab experience per day
  • Entry to the launch party Thursday night including free drinks
  • Breakfast Q&A with special Guest each morning at Premium Lounge (30-45min before talks)
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Alfandega Porto

R. Nova da Alfândega, 4050-430 Porto, Portugal

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