Semi Permanent is a design and creativity festival held over three days at Sydney’s Carriageworks.

Now in its 19th year, the summit is known for pulling big international designers, artists and creative icons for a series of talks, panels, experiences, events and workshops, but this time around it’ll have more of a local focus.

This year’s theme is “bridges”, with attention on combinations, collaborations and conditions that can lead to innovation and new approaches to work.

The first line-up announcement included Industrial Light & Magic – the team behind the visual effects for some of the world’s biggest blockbuster films, such as Marvel’s Avengers series, Star Wars and Jurassic World – as well as First Nations-run design studio Balarinji, and Sean Doherty of sustainability-focused clothing brand Patagonia.

A second announcement added Newcastle-based illustrator Campbell Walker – (better known as Struthless); female-led film production company Dollhouse Pictures (founded by Gracie Otto and Rose Byrne); and Reg Mombassa, former Mental as Anything guitarist and the artist behind some of Mambo’s most iconic designs.

Other people sharing their thoughts include First Nations art educator and poet Dakota Feirer; musician and producer Ta-ku; filmmakers Del Kathryn Barton and Huna Amweero; artists Frances Cannon and Peter Drew; psychologist and neuroscientist Professor Joel Pearson; architects Hannah Tribe and Rosina Di Maria; ACMI’s Seb Chan; Mark Campbell of Harpercollins Publishers; architectural photographer Rory Gardiner; poet and filmmaker of Wiradjuri heritage Jazz Money; Sam Elsom of Sea Forest (a group of scientists working to combat climate change); and Dave Hartmann, Gemma Rees and Keenan Motto from creative advertising agencies Special Group and TBWA.

2021 also sees the return of Future State, a series of business panels centred on addressing contemporary issues such as environmental disasters, public health, and race and gender identity.

Semi Permanent is on at Carriageworks, Sydney, from August 12 to 14, 2021. Tickets are available online now. More speakers, workshops and events will be announced in the lead-up to the event.

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