Semi Permanent will debut regions first creativity festival in Abu Dhabi


Semi Permanent - Creativity event coming soon
Limitless imagination at this community festival

The Department of Culture & Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT), in collaboration with globally renowned creative company Semi Permanent, is set to launch its first-in-line creativity festival.

Semi Permanent Middle East 2021 will take place at the emirate’s cultural hub Manarat Al Saadiyat, with the venue given an innovative design makeover by leading LA-based design studio Perron—Roettinger. The festival is curated around the theme “bridges” and features an immersive, multi-sensory schedule of inspiring performances, talks and experiences across three days in October 2021.

Brian Roettinger

Leading the way of confirmed guests will be Mark Ronson, the British-born Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter, record producer and DJ, who will appear ‘in conversation’ and perform an exclusive DJ set.

Also on the bill will be the official release of an exclusive-to-Abu Dhabi bespoke collection from Rotterdam-based objects designer Sabine Marcelis, whose collaborations include Celine and Burberry.

Sabine Marcelis

A large installation by L.A. based Russian artist, Refik Anadol will also stage in the emirate. The Flower Shop NYC will host a dining pop-up; and Aaron Rose of La Rosa Social Club will debut in the Middle East alongside a host of world-renowned contemporary art-makers, including Tom Sachs, Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Barry McGee.

Ismail Zaidy Semi Permanent

Through a series of internationally renowned art exhibitions, hotel openings, and collaborations with some of the world’s most respected architects – including Jean Nouvel and Bjarke Ingels – it is clear this is a community with limitless imagination.

The ongoing Go Safe Certification initiative will continue to apply global safety and cleanliness standards for the event, as well as across malls, hotels, attractions, restaurants, theme parks and public venues in Abu Dhabi.


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