This March, the iconic Margaret River region becomes a creative playground for one of the world’s most inspiring “anti-conferences”. 3 days of shot-in-the-arm keynotes, hands-on workshops, incredible pop-ups and satellite events, led by a gathering of the best local and international creative professionals in their fields.
Each year marketers, content-makers, innovators, futurists, leaders and artists across music, film, advertising, photography, digital, experiential and visual arts come to Emergence to collaborate and share knowledge in a unique brains trust. Whether it’s ideas, inspiration, networking, industry insights or emerging trends you’re after, The Emergence Creative Festival brings it all together in a wild few days.
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Human Connection in a Post-Digital World
The Digital Revolution peaked over a decade ago. This is now the age of experience. But is our digital attachment as consumers and businesses, detaching us from the human experience?
In a world of A.I. drones, deepfakes and the deep web, how much do brands & organisations value tangible human connection and how do they foster it?
Our keynotes will share their journeys and experiences, exploring how they – and we – can harness the benefits of new tech, dodge the pitfalls and connect as people in a post-digital landscape.
Creative Director TVNZ
"Emergence was the wildest and most creative conference I’ve ever had the pleasure of taking part in. The people I met were an inspiration."
Executive Director Good Pitch Australia & Shark Island Institute
“Loved it. The perfect combination of fantastic people, presentations and ideas with the wine and warm welcome that only Margaret River can offer."
"Emergence ended up being an event that gave back to me more than I expected. I was drawn to the mix of speakers from different creative perspectives, unified by the joy creativity brings. The speakers, staff, and attendees, ended up being wholly great people too. We shared wisdom, ate exquisite meals, drank beautiful local wines, looked over the beach, saw local art and bands, and danced through the night. Emergence is a temporary world that everyone leaves better than before."
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."
Co-founder - The Glue Society
“Technology allows us to feel like we're connected to what’s going on in the world and feel that we're up to speed. But the Emergence Festival gives a totally different experience. Spending time with people at the cutting edge of their own worlds makes the idea of learning and exploring suddenly very tangible and real. To summarise, I’d call it creative cross pollination. You can’t do that from a laptop."
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."
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. "
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 at Emergence Festival, Margaret River."
"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."
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."
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'."
"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!"
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!”
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."
Christian Van Vuuren
"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"
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."
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!"
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. Just go."
Do you have an idea for an Emergence speaker, workshop or project? We want to know what you're keen to see at Emergence 2020! Get in touch via the form on our website (link in bio) to share your thoughts, or leave a comment below 👇...
Emergence Creative Festival is back in 2020 🙌🏼 Put March 25-27 in your diaries and stay tuned for speaker and ticket announcements in the coming weeks! . . . //THEME// Human connection in a post-digital world. Head to the website (link in bio) for more info ✌🏼...