It may be called Semi-Permanent, but the annual design festival down under is making quite a mark on the creative calendar. Concieved in Australia and popping up in all major cities across the country, it now has an international reach, bringing its programme to London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Kicking off this year in Sydney, the conference brings in a stellar list of international speakers, including local graphic designer Vince Frost, New Zealand photographer Derek Henderson, Web/ Digital agency, Hi-ReS, along with Wallpaper's very own Art Director, Meirion Pritchard.

The brainchild of creative gurus, Murray Bell and Andrew Johnstone (of influential online creative hub, Design is Kinky), in just a decade, Semi-Permanent has developed into a vital stopover on the global design circuit, procuring the cream of the creative crop and hosting an impressive swathe of events from exhibitions and workshops and master classes to launches and parties, including a new webcast system called 'Hangout', where participants can interact with guest speaker Roman Coppola (son of celebrated film director Francis Ford Coppola) from the US.

The event takes place over two days and covers all aspects of the creative spectrum from photography to typography, architecture and fashion. The next stop is Auckland, New Zealand where Pritchard will also be speaking.

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