Semi Permanent

SEMI PERMANENT

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

Semi Permanent will present three days of talks, performances, dining experiences, immersive brand experiences / 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 are now available for Semi Permanent Middle East, which will run from 14 – 16 October 2021 at Manarat Al Saadiyat, and feature world-renowned performers including Mark Ronson, the Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter, record producer and DJ, who will perform an exclusive DJ set. The event will also house an array of inspiring, immersive and multi-sensory experiences, including the first international pop-up by famed New York restaurant and bar The Flower Shop; La Rosa Social Club, an exhibition of works by leading contemporary, US-based artists, including Kahlil Joseph, Ryan McGinley and Johanna Jackson; and Refik Anadol, the Turkish-American new media artist, will debut a mesmeric, data-driven digital artwork in a stunning, all-encompassing LED format.

Accompanying the stellar international line-up will be many of the Middle East’s standout creative talents, including musician Dana Hourani, Les Benjamins founder and creative director Bunyamin Aydin, and photographer Hussain AlMoosawi, adding a local flavour to the event.

General admission tickets for half-day and premium passes to Semi Permanent Middle East are now on sale.
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*All attendees must be over 12 years old, vaccinated (2 doses) and display green in the Al Hosn app.
*All attendees must produce a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) result taken within 48 hours prior to attending the event.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • PERFORMANCE

    Mark Ronson DJ Set

    Join us offsite to celebrate the inaugural Semi Permanent Middle East as we create the best party in town, including an exclusive DJ set by Grammy- and Oscar-winning record producer and songwriter Mark Ronson.

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  • 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.

  • CULINARY EXPERIENCES

    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.

  • FILM SCREENING

    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.

  • EXPERIENCE

    Perron—Roettinger Spatial Design

    Perron—Roettinger will design the Semi Permanent spatial and event experience for guests, making it a world class calibre event.

  • INSTALLATION

    Refik Anadol Installation

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

  • TALK

    Daniel Arsham’s Talk

    Arsham will take to the stage (on the evening of Friday 15th October) to discuss his creative process and his recent projects, offering rare and unrivalled insight into the mind of one of the world’s leading creative practitioners.

  • TALK

    In Conversation

    Hear from the best and brightest in contemporary art, music production, filmmaking, architecture and design in our series of intimate conversations.

  • CONNECT

    Meet your neighbours

    Join over 4,000 of the region’s creative community.

9:00 AM

Doors Open

9:50 AM

Opening Address with Murray Bell

10:00 AM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Brian Roettinger

11:00 AM

Break / Exhibitions

12:00 AM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Willo Perron

12:30PM

TALK - 30min

Mark Ronson

2:00 PM

Close

3:00 PM

Doors Open

3:50 PM

Opening Address with Murray Bell

4:00 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Andrea Brocca

4:30 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Rafik Anadol

5:00 PM

Break / Exhibitions

6:00 PM

PANEL ∙ 30 MIN

Traditional Crafts in the 21st Century

6:30 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Dana Hourani

8:00 PM

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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.

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

INSTALLATION

Refik Anadol Installation

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

ALL DAY

RETAIL POP-UP

Lucy Folk Pop-Up

Shop exclusive items at the Lucy Folk pop-up, an Australian nomadic lifestyle brand inspired by travel, art, design, and wellbeing.

ALL DAY

RETAIL POP-UP

Haydenshapes Pop-Up

Explore the Haydenshapes Signature Marble Collection, hand-crafted surfboards featuring a proprietary printed silk inlay that seamlessly wraps around the rails connecting each marble vein as though it were cut from stone.

8:00 PM

Doors Open

8:10 PM

PERFORMANCE

Dan Greenpeace DJ Set

9:30 PM

PERFORMANCE ∙ 1 hour

Mark Ronson DJ Set

Join us at W Abu Dhabi to celebrate the inaugural Semi Permanent Middle East as we create the best party in town, including an exclusive DJ set by Grammy- and Oscar-winning record producer and songwriter Mark Ronson.

10:30 PM

PERFORMANCE ∙ 1 hour

Dan Greenpeace DJ Set

11:30 PM

Close

10:00 AM

Doors Open

10:55 AM

Opening Address with Murray Bell

11:00 AM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Nourie Flayhan

11:30 AM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Ryan McGinley

12:00 PM

Break / Exhibitions

1:00 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Johanna Jackson

1:30 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Oana Stanescu & Tarik Zaharna

3:00 PM

Close

4:00 PM

Doors Open

4:50 PM

Opening Address with Murray Bell

5:00 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Bünyamin Aydin

5:30 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Verhaal Studio

6:00 PM

Break / Exhibitions

7:00 PM

TALK ∙ 30 MIN

Aaron Rose

8:00 PM

TALK ∙ 40 MIN

Daniel Arsham’s Talk

Arsham will take to the stage (on the evening of Friday 15th October) to discuss his creative process and his recent projects, offering rare and unrivalled insight into the mind of one of the world’s leading creative practitioners.

9:00 PM

Close

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.

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

INSTALLATION

Refik Anadol Installation

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

ALL DAY

RETAIL POP-UP

Lucy Folk Pop-Up

Shop exclusive items at the Lucy Folk pop-up, an Australian nomadic lifestyle brand inspired by travel, art, design, and wellbeing.

ALL DAY

RETAIL POP-UP

Haydenshapes Pop-Up

Explore the Haydenshapes Signature Marble Collection, hand-crafted surfboards featuring a proprietary printed silk inlay that seamlessly wraps around the rails connecting each marble vein as though it were cut from stone.

11:00AM

Doors Open

4:00 PM

Close

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.

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

INSTALLATION

Refik Anadol Installation

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

ALL DAY

RETAIL POP-UP

Lucy Folk Pop-Up

Shop exclusive items at the Lucy Folk pop-up, an Australian nomadic lifestyle brand inspired by travel, art, design, and wellbeing.

ALL DAY

RETAIL POP-UP

Haydenshapes Pop-Up

Explore the Haydenshapes Signature Marble Collection, hand-crafted surfboards featuring a proprietary printed silk inlay that seamlessly wraps around the rails connecting each marble vein as though it were cut from stone.

General admission tickets for half-day and premium passes to Semi Permanent Middle East are now on sale.
BOOK NOW

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