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24 – 26 March 2021

Australia’s premiere immersive anti-conference returns to Margaret River, fusing the best in culture and creative thinking.

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It’s time to make space

 
Ideas can turn a business around, spark the next big thing, or be the catalyst to repond to change. But for that to happen, we need space – space in our minds and in our surrounds.

If 2020 has taught us anything it’s to expect the unexpected, and we need to be prepared to think differently. This is your opportunity to hear from acclaimed speakers and tap into new ideas and skills, so you can come at 2021 firing.

 

Testimonials

Jens Hertzum

Jens Hertzum

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."

Malinda Wink

Malinda Wink

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."

Christy Dena

Christy Dena

(Writer, Designer, Director, Transmedia Specialist)

"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."

Eric Phu

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."

Jonathon Kneebone

Jonathon Kneebone

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."

Adam Barrell

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."

Glenn Urquhart

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. "

Nick Macfarlane

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 at Emergence Festival, Margaret River."

Jarrad Seng

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."

Ram Castillo

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."

Eddie Codel

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'."

Carolyn Miller  

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!"

PJ Bloom

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!”

Ben Akers

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."

Christian Van  Vuuren

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"

Rich Bullock

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."

Kylie Robertson

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!"

Lee Hunter

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. Just go."

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