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Mark Ronson to headline Abu Dhabi festival, Semi Permanent

Semi Permanent, the biggest design festival in the Southern Hemisphere, will emphasise unexpected combinations, collaborations and conditions, delivering new works across the creative and design ecosystem.

Globally renowned creative experience company Semi Permanent in collaboration with The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has unveiled the full line-up for a first-in-region creativity festival, hosting an array of global talent from the design, retail, branding, fashion and technology industries at Manarat Al Saadiyat.

The event will feature world-renowned performers, including Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter, record producer and DJ, Mark Ronson, 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 artists Kahlil Joseph, Ryan McGinley and Johanna Jackson, and the debut of a mesmeric, data-driven digital artwork in an all-encompassing LED format from new media artist, Refik Anadol.

Accompanying the international line-up will be many of the Middle East’s standout creative talents, including musician Dana Hourani, artist Jason Seife, Les Benjamins founder and creative director Bunyamin Aydin, and photographer Hussain AlMoosawi.

Curated around the theme ‘BRIDGES’, Semi Permanent’s inaugural Middle East event will place emphasis on unexpected combinations, collaborations and conditions, delivering new works across the creative and design ecosystem. Through keynote talks, panels, workshops and experiences, the world’s brightest names in business, design, creativity, and technology will showcase how to build new bridges between industry peers and a complex matrix of worldwide consumers.

Semi Permanent Middle East takes place from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 October 2021. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. 

GO: Visit https://semipermanent.com/events/middle-east-2021 for more information.

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