Emergence Creative

The event that takes you over the edge.


March 29th - April 1st 2017

Margaret River Western Australia

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Each year, professionals from music, film, advertising, digital and the visual arts travel to one of the world's most beautiful locations, Margaret River, to share recent developments in their disciplines as well as emerging trends in a series of workshops and talks.


By bringing together creatives from a wide range of areas, the four-day event encourages participants to look beyond their own specialisation and broaden their thinking. You'll leave inspired, refreshed and ready to create something great.


But it's not just a conference: you'll enjoy concerts showcasing the country's best emerging musical acts, exhibitions with work by local artists, meals in the region's famous wineries, light installations and countless other happenings.


It's the perfect way to start your creative year.


Emergence Creative runs from Wednesday March 29 through to Saturday April 1st , 2017.

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Here’s what some of our past speakers had to say about the event…


 

Lee Hunter, Head of Marketing & Innovation – Google Asia-Pacific

When I say that the Emergence Festival was inspiring chaos, I mean that in the best way possible. It's the mashing of marketers, filmmakers, musicians, creatives and more, meeting in one of the most beautiful places you can imagine, and producing amazing talks, hacking together music videos, improvising freestyle art and other random, beautiful things which leave you creatively inspired, and happy to have met such a great bunch of people. I've never been to a conference quite like it, and I definitely think there should be more of this kind of thing. Just go.




Kylie Robertson, Head of Creative, Digital and Emerging Products – Penguin Books Australia

"Emergence was mind blowingly creative and jam packed full of inspired ideas. The setting, the people, and the calibre of talent were world class. Can't wait for next year!"




Rich Bullock, Writer/Director – Hungry Man, Revolver

"It's actually depressing living the rest of the year outside the temporary bubble of wonder, waves, wine and chinwaggery. It's creative stoke in its purest form."




Christian Van  Vuuren, Bondi Hipsters

"Emergence is a total cluster-fuck of creative good vibes in the best way possible. I didn't know where I was supposed to be or what I was supposed to be doing at any given point in any given day, but I learned heaps, met a whole bunch of creative legends, and they let me say cunt in my presentation"




Ben Akers, Creative Director – LOVE (UK)

Emergence is like a church of creative inspiration. Where the commandments are: pushing creative boundaries. Where the gods are living and walking amongst you.

And where the wine floweth like water. Once converted you will always want to return to worship.




PJ Bloom, Partner/Music Supervisor/Soundtrack Producer – Neophonic Music.  Owner – Black Magnetic Records and Publishing (USA)

“Emergence is an inspirational brain trust of some of the most influential, creative and forward thinking entrepreneurial minds in business today held in one of the most picturesque places on the planet!”




Carolyn Miller  - Gruen Planet

'Emergence is the only creative festival I've been to where ideas, and not sales pitches, are the true heroes of the event. Unique, intellegent, and above all, extremely good fun!'




Eddie Codel, Founder Flying Robot International Drone Film Festival (USA)

I feel especially grateful to have been part of this fantastic creative festival here in Western Australia, now in it's 4th year. It reminded me of what I appreciated about the early days of SXSW Interactive; the camaraderie of meeting your peers, cross-discipline learnings, creative excursions, serendipitous run-ins, and of course, the parties. You know what was NOT here? Giant megacorporate sponsored "activations." This was completely a grassroots event through and through, run by beautiful passionate people. Turns out this was not an accident, as the founders were inspired by SXSW. Next year, let's all go to Australia for year 5 of Emergence Creative!




Ram Castillo, The Giant Thinker

"The beating heart of a creative can only be fed by curiosity, and expression – through the act of creation itself. At times, the beat can be drowned out by the noise of 'busy'. It's incredibly rare to find a serene place in the world that hosts a cross between a creative conference and a creative retreat to recalibrate. I came to the Emergence Creative Festival to share the power of putting people over profit. To my delight, I was gifted in exchange by an awakening; inspired and recharged by all types of creatives from all over the world."




Jarrad Seng, Photographer/Director

My virgin Emergence experience involved dangling by rope over the side of a cliff face whilst shooting a topless ukulele wielding songstress whilst a drummer banged out the beats overhead.  Wait, what?  Yeah, only at Emergence.  A wonderful collision of creative minds in the most beautiful part of Western Australia.




Nick Macfarlane, Graphic Designer, Artist, Author: Hunting the Killer Idea and Spinfluence. (NZ)

"They've bottled the perfect blend of inspirational talks, relaxed atmosphere, fun people and plenty of partying.  I came away buzzing from the good vibes that can only be found Emergence Festival, Margaret River."




Glenn Urquhart, Group Creative Director, Lifestyle Channels Foxtel

In two decades of attending industry conferences and workshops all over the world, Emergence stands out as the biggest shot-in-the-arm i've ever had.

It's the anti-conference.  An eclectic menagerie of imps, intellectuals and incredibly talented nut-jobs flinging ideas around and making cool shit in paradise.  I walked away from it ready to change the world.  I also walked away knowing 100% I'd be back.




Adam Barrell, Tweet Perth, Haystac Media

Emergence... disrupting the idea of a 'traditional conference'. A place where inspiration flows like the local wines, as creativity and networking merge (#creatworking?) over stunning scenery




Jonathon Kneebone,  Co-founder - The Glue Society

“Technology allows us to feel like we are connecting to what’s going on in the world and get the sense that we are up to speed. But the Emergence Festival gives those who attend and participate a totally different experience. Spending time with people who are at the cutting edge of their own worlds makesthe idea of learning and exploring suddenly very tangible and real. If I had to summarise the experience I’d call it creative cross pollination. You can’t do that from a laptop




Eric Phu, Senior advertising and marketing specialist

"Emergence bills itself as a Creative Festival, but that's like saying that the sun is kinda warm. It's more like an absolutely crazy collision of great people, amazing location, inspiring speakers and brilliant events. It's nothing short of a spiritual awakening to get your juices pumping."

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Event Partners

Fairfax Media Ltd

Fairfax Media Ltd

Fairfax Media Limited [ASX:FXJ] is an innovative and digitally progressive media company in Australia and New Zealand - the trusted voice informing, engaging and entertaining audiences and communities via newspapers, websites, radio stations, events and dynamic digital ventures. Fairfax operates several broadly-based services businesses spanning marketing, property, entertainment and beyond. Fairfax’s independent journalism and quality content has been keeping people informed and connected for more than 180 years. Business divisions include Australian Publishing Media, Domain Group, Digital Ventures, Fairfax New Zealand and Life Media & Events.

Fairfax Media Ltd
Perth Convention Bureau

Perth Convention Bureau

Perth Convention Bureau (PCB) has been helping not-for-profit associations, corporations and agents bring their conferences and incentive groups to Western Australia  for more than 40 years. Our charter is to market, in conjunction with local organisations, Western Australia nationally and internationally as a destination for conventions, exhibitions and incentive travel groups. We want you to hold your conference in WA and we can help you do so. The Bureau’s bank of in-house expertise and industry knowledge ensures that your meeting, incentive or exhibition planner will have access to current market intelligence, local support and assistance to help bring an event to Western Australia.

Perth Convention Bureau
Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association

The Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association (MRBTA) was established on 1 July 2015, and is the product of two previously competing entities, the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association (AMRTA) and Geographe Bay Tourism Association (GBTA). With over 50 years’ experience in destination marketing, visitor servicing and natural and historical asset management, we have been consistently recognised at a national and state level for our contributions to the tourism industry. A not for profit incorporated association with more than 780 members, governed by a Board of nine Directors, the MRBTA operates six tourist attractions – Lake Cave, Mammoth Cave, Jewel Cave, Ngilgi Cave, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse – and manages ground handling at Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport.

Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
City of Busselton

City of Busselton

The City of Busselton is a fast-growing organisation delivering a vast range of facilities and services for its growing community.  Governed by a Council consisting of nine elected members elected by the whole district, the City manages facilities such as the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport , Geographe Leisure Centre, Naturaliste Community Centre, libraries, ArtGeo and the Kookaburra Caravan Park. It also delivers services such as planning and building approvals, environmental health inspections, events management, ranger and fire services, youth, aged and other community services, waste management, road construction and maintenance, parks and gardens maintenance and much more.  This website is intended to provide as much information to the community as possible, however, if there is something that can’t be found, contact the City for details.

City of Busselton
Department of Culture and the Arts

Department of Culture and the Arts

The purpose of the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA) is to foster the cultural development of Western Australia through the provision of quality services and funding programs, and the implementation of Government policies and initiatives. The Culture and Arts portfolio comprises the DCA (including the State Records Office), Art Gallery of WA, the Perth Theatre Trust, Screenwest, the State Library, and the WA Museum.

Department of Culture and the Arts
Caltalyst

Caltalyst

Catalyst, administered by the Department of Communications and the Arts, is the Australian Government's new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations. Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life. It will enable access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities and international activities that achieve cultural diplomacy objectives. Projects by, or that involve, small to medium organisations will be given priority. The fund may also support some gallery, library, archive, museum, arts education and infrastructure projects.

Caltalyst
South West Development Commission

South West Development Commission

The South West Development Commission is a statutory authority of the Western Australian government, with a board of management selected from the community, local governments and ministerial appointments. Their aim is to make the South West region an even greater place to live, work and invest. They do so by partnering with communities, government, business and industry to identify and support projects that benefit the region. The South West Development Commission drives and supports agendas that promote cohesive, vibrant and engaged communities.

South West Development Commission
Country Arts WA

Country Arts WA

Established in 1994, Country Arts WA is a not-for-profit, regionally governed, and membership-based organisation. Recognised as a Lead organisation in Western Australia, Country Arts WA is the peak body for regional arts. Country Arts WA delivers extensive state and national touring programs, arts development programs, strategic projects, and manages devolved funding on behalf of the State and Federal Governments – this includes funding for arts projects, support for key regional arts organisations, regional artists, Aboriginal arts, and culture and youth specific programs.

Country Arts WA
Royalties for Regions

Royalties for Regions

Royalties for Regions underpins the State Government's long-term commitment to developing Western Australia's regional areas into strong and vibrant regional communities that are desirable places to live, work and invest. Since December 2008, Royalties for Regions has invested $6.1 billion of the State's mining and onshore petroleum royalties to more than 3,600 projects and programs, including transfers to the Future Fund and other Special Purpose Accounts. Royalties for Regions promotes and facilitates economic, business and social development in regional Western Australia for the benefit of all Western Australians.

Royalties for Regions
Augusta Margaret River Shire

Augusta Margaret River Shire

The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is proud to support the highly successful Emergence Creative Festival for a fifth consecutive year, reflecting its strong commitment to supporting the Arts. This drawcard event is an accessible opportunity for local creatives to learn from and collaborate with fellow participants and high calibre national and international presenters. It also ensures the development of the local creative talent pool, supports growth in the culture and arts sector, and reiterates the position of the Margaret River Region as a creative hub. The 2017 event also sees the continuation of the Shire’s Emergence Creative Festival scholarship with this year the program expanded to include two places for local talents. We wish these scholarship recipients and their fellow festival participants a highly enjoyable experience and the best of luck with their future endeavours.

Augusta Margaret River Shire
Screenwest

Screenwest

Screenwest is Western Australia's screen funding and development agency, committed to working in partnership with the screen industry to develop, support and promote film, television and digital media production in Western Australia. Screenwest offers funding support for the development and production of Western Australian film, television, digital media projects; for festivals, tours or events that promote Western Australian screen content and for the professional development of screen industry practitioners and production companies.

Screenwest
Regional Development Australia

Regional Development Australia

Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a national network of 55 committees made up of local leaders who work with all levels of government, business and community groups to support the development of their regions. This Australian Government initiative brings together all levels of government to support the development of regional Australia. It is funded by the Australian Government and by state, territory and local governments in some jurisdictions. It is administered by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.  

Regional Development Australia
South Regional Tafe

South Regional Tafe

South Regional TAFE delivers high-quality, accredited vocational education and training that is flexible enough to meet workplace and lifestyle commitments. Their extensive facilities and workshops allow them to offer training that is responsive and relevant due to the professional relationships they have across commercial sectors to ensure that training is benchmarked to industry standard.   As an established training provider, the college is a leader in the delivery of accredited training with highly qualified and dedicated professional lecturing staff. Working with industry, they build the capacity of current and future employees through training and skills recognition that lead to formal qualifications, economic empowerment and prosperity in the region.

South Regional Tafe
Scott Print

Scott Print

Scott Print is a leading West Australian owned and operated Perth printer and communications group with 38 years’ experience. Their mission statement says it all: ‘Prepare, print and deliver world class sustainable solutions from a partner large enough to impress and small enough to care. Scott Print is now managed by John and Tim Scott, the third generation of ‘Scott’ printers. Under this fresh management, they are paving the way for continued success as a dynamic and modern printing company in Perth. Scott Print offer more than just ‘ink on paper’, they are a total communications partner who are fully committed to ensuring your projects are consistently delivered to the highest of standards.

Scott Print
Media Super

Media Super

Whether you’re freelance, full-time, contract or casual, if you’re working in Australia’s print, media, creative or digital sectors then Media Super is for you. As an industry fund, Media Super is run only to benefit members, so all profits go back to their members to grow their retirement savings as much as possible. They do everything possible to keep the costs of managing their members’ super low, and they don’t pay commissions to financial advisers. Media Super is a public offer fund so anyone can join, whatever your occupation. You can take Media Super with you from job to job and receive contributions to your Media Super account from multiple employers simultaneously.

Media Super
Colonial

Colonial

Uncomplicated. That’s life in Margaret River. And that’s the philosophy behind the Colonial Brewing Company. One of the first breweries to open on Western Australia’s wild coastline, the Colonial Brewing Co tapped its first keg in 2004. It was the first step in an incredible journey, and guided by some of Australia’s most talented and passionate brewers, we opened our first East Coast brewery in Port Melbourne in 2015. But even as we grow, we still do things the exact same way we do them in the Margaret River. We do them uncomplicated. That’s why our hand-crafted beer actually tastes like beer should. It’s why our ciders use only cold-pressed Australian apples. It’s why we created a range of crafted cans that could go where you go and do what you do, from the bar to a barbie, a festival to the footy. Because life is better uncomplicated.

Colonial

Industry Partners

SAE Institute

SAE Institute

SAE is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries. Established in 1976, we now span the globe with 53 campuses in 27 countries. SAE was established in Australia in 1976 as the world’s first audio engineering institute. The early success of SAE and the demand for our practical, theory-based and industry relevant training quickly led to the establishment of other campuses nationwide. By 1982, SAE had campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The purpose-built Byron Bay campus, offering unsurpassed audio facilities, opened in 2003. From the establishment of SAE’s first institutes and courses, government accredited VET and Higher Education qualifications were introduced. SAE has now evolved to become a global leader in creative media education.  

SAE Institute
Australian Graphic Design Association

Australian Graphic Design Association

Australian Graphic Design Association Limited is the peak national organisation representing the Australian communication design industry. With more than 2,600 members distributed throughout the creative, visual communications, applied design and technology sectors, it is dedicated to advancing the profession through an interrelated program of state, national and international activities in education, advocacy and professional development. AGDA is a lead member of the International Council of Graphic Design Organisations, forming a global network of 187 member associations in 56 countries and consultative status with UNESCO, UNIDO, ISO and WIPO.

Australian Graphic Design Association
West Australian Music

West Australian Music

Passionately committed to championing Western Australia’s thriving music industry since 1987, WAM (West Australian Music) is the peak music body responsible for supporting, nurturing and growing all forms of contemporary music in WA. We believe in the industry and the individuals who make the music, listen to it and bring it to life. We’re for the amateurs, the professionals and everyone in between. We’re not selective of genres, nor are we elitist, bureaucratic or remote. Instead, through fusing meaningful connections, providing suitable opportunities and embracing all who wish to play, listen and partake, we’re creating a thriving music industry that’s a testament to the talent and passion within it.

West Australian Music
Perth Advertising and Design Club

Perth Advertising and Design Club

The Perth Advertising & Design Club is a non-profit organisation founded in 1981 as the voice of the individuals who create commercial communications in Western Australia. through our annual award show, The Skulls, we aim to raise the standards of excellence in the creative industries.

Perth Advertising and Design Club
The Communications Council

The Communications Council

The Communications Council is the peak professional body representing companies in the Australian advertising industry. Our diverse member base spans more than 160 agencies which operate in the areas of creative, digital, strategic planning, promotion, direct marketing, PR, design, production, and healthcare advertising.

The Communications Council

Wine Partners

Howard Park

Howard Park

Howard Park Wines is a West Australian family-owned winery producing a range of handcrafted fine Australian wines from the state's premier grape growing regions of Margaret River and the Great Southern. Since its inception in 1986, Howard Park’s philosophy has been to craft outstanding boutique Australian wines of great subtlety, character, balance and elegance with an uncompromising commitment to quality.

Howard Park