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21-23 May 2020
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The theme for Semi Permanent Sydney 2020 is RESTLESS. 

Sydney's restless obsession to earn its place in the world has created a self-fulfilling cycle of creative unconformity; mostly fun, sometime’s serious, never boring. Between May 21-23, our flagship Sydney event will provide a blueprint, colour palette and action plan for harnessing this insatiable desire for excellence through world-class leaders in business, design and technology. 


Future State: Consumption + Space

The world's sharpest companies on what the next decade of business holds.
Main talks hall, Thursday May 21 and Friday May 22.

Day 3: Curated by RARE

RARE take the reigns for a day of stories, case studies, panels and key business lessons on embracing difference.
Main talks hall, Saturday May 23
More to be announced


Aaron Draplin (USA)

Portland's very own teaches you how to design from the heart.
Main talks hall, Thursday May 21

ManvsMachine (UK)

A mind-bending masterclass from the multi-dimensional creative studio.
Main talks hall, Thursday May 21

Liam Young: Tomorrow's Thoughts Today

An unmissable exploration of design, fact and fiction.
Friday May 22, main talks hall.

Oana Stănescu (Romania/USA)

The architect and Harvard lecturer teaches you how to bear the responsibility of creative freedom.
Main talks hall, Thursday May 21.
More to be announced


Premium Lab: Behind the scenes of Draplin Design Co.

An extended workshop with the Portland-based graphic design icon.
Friday May 22, Bay 20, premium ticket holders.

Premium Lab: Futureminds with Joel Pearson

A neuroscientist teaches you how to unlock your consciousness and awaken creativity.
Bay 20, May 21, premium tickets

Premium: Paramount House Hotel Nights

Meet you at the Paramount.
May 21-23, Paramount House Hotel
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

Installations and exhibitions

Large-scale creative executions from those with something to say.
Included in your event ticket.
More to be announced

Speakers and Artists

Aaron Draplin Designer Portland, United States
Ellie Bailey / ManvsMachine Creative Studio London, United Kingdom
Joel Pearson Neuroscientist Sydney, Australia
Jonathan Zawada Artist & Designer Sydney, Australia
Liam Young Architect London, United Kingdom
Liz Jackson Founder, The Disabled List New York, United States
Luis Miguel Messianu Creative Chair and CEO, Alma DDB Miami, United States
Nancy Bennett Chief Creative Officer, Two Bit Circus Los Angeles, United States
Oana Stanescu Architect New York, United States
Samson Bonkeabantu Brown Artist and activist Toronto, Canada
Shannon Finnegan Artist and Activist New York, United States
Stefanie DiGianvincenzo auckland semipermanent
Stefanie DiGianvincenzo Strategic Director and Co-Founder – Rare Melbourne, Australia
Takunda Muzondiwa Poet Auckland, New Zealand
Xavier De Kestelier / Hassell Architect London, United Kingdom
More to be announced


May 21
May 22
May 23


  • 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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