from Mark Ronson’s DJ set to high-tech works of art


You can’t limit creativity.

It is for this reason that Semi Permanent Middle East offers a range of experiences, from musical performances and film screenings to exhibitions and a pop-up restaurant, showcasing some of the most innovative names in their respective fields.

Empowered as the region’s premier creativity festival, the event’s key sessions take place Thursday through Saturday at Abu Dhabi’s Manarat Al Saadiyat.

The lineup includes Grammy Award-winning music producer and DJ Mark Ronson, experimental artist Daniel Arsham and Lebanese illustrator Nourie Flayhan.

Talk to The National, Festival curator Mitchell Oakley Smith says the goal is to provide an experience that is both intimate and inspiring.

“We’ve gone from 5,000 people in a room to less than 500, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create something exciting and memorable,” he says.

“We found just the opposite: we could create an incredibly intimate series of experiences that bring audiences even closer to talent and offer a range of touchpoints and a dynamic mix of programming. “

Here are five things you should know about the semi-permanent Middle East.

1. There will be insightful discussions

Immerse yourself in the minds of some of the world’s most famous designers through a series of chat sessions.

The opening day features a series of high-profile discussions, with Ronson providing an overview of his successful formula and his collaborations with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

American graphic designer and creative director Brian Roettinger will also be on hand that day to shed light on his work designing album covers for pop stars Jay-Z, Florence + The Machine and Kesha.

On Friday there will be sessions by famous American photographer Ryan McGinley whose show-reel includes photoshoots with celebrities Beyonce, Billie Eilish and Brad Pitt.

The second day ends with a discussion with Arsham, whose work in sculpture, architecture, drawing and film has led him to collaborate with fashion brands such as Adidas and Dior Men, in addition to the automaker. Porsche.

2. It will present daring and immersive works of art

Semi Permanent will feature a number of exhibits throughout the event.

La Rosa Social Club is an ephemeral space created by filmmaker and artist Aaron Rose.

Created in 2016, the exhibition toured Europe and the United States with an “art bar” concept comprising custom-made furniture, visual works of art lining the walls and various objects, including paintings and sculptures.

Turkish-American visual artist Refik Anadol will bring his epic digital installation Quantum memories in Manarat Al Saadiyat.

Shown on a large LED screen, the exhibition uses cutting-edge technology from Google AI and features up to 200 million processed images of nature and landscapes.

The last day of the festival is dedicated to the screening of Mau, a documentary on the career of famous Canadian designer and visual artist Bruce Mau. Sessions start at 11:30 am.

3. Mark Ronson will play a DJ set

The festival will feature DJ sets by two seasoned artists.

On Thursday night, Ronson will present a sold-out show at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island with hits, vintage funk and soul tracks.

He will be joined by Danny Greenpeace, the British spinner and Dubai resident who is a veteran of the UAE music scene with various festival performances including Sole DXB.

4. You can eat Michelin quality food

Prepare for a slice of contemporary American cuisine with acclaimed New York restaurant The Flower Shop making its regional debut with a pop-up at the festival.

Known for its modern and comfort food, including buttermilk fried chicken, bucatini and meatballs, as well as fish and chips, the restaurant has popped up in the New York neighborhood. Michelin Guide for three consecutive years.

5. Health and safety measures will be in place

In addition to social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face masks, entry to the semi-permanent Middle East requires participants over the age of 12 to be fully vaccinated and to provide a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours. the event.

Semi Permanent Middle East will take place from Thursday to Saturday October 14-16, in Manarat Al Saadiyat. Doors open at 9 a.m. Tickets are from Dh200 available at

Updated: October 11, 2021, 13:38


About Author

Leave A Reply