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This will be an interesting and fun festival
The Emergence Creative Arts Festival is an annual event which turns the iconic Margaret River region into a creative playground, where people of all ages come from near and far for a four-day event.
It's the South West's own ideas fest and is put on each year as a celebration of creativity where new ideas get the chance to "get off the ground". As well as being a conference that is very creative, it is also much more.
Each year, the festival attracts professionals and up and coming creatives from music, film, photography, advertising, gaming, digital and the visual arts to what is surely one of Australia's most beautiful and charming locations.
Here they will collaborate, create and be inspired; share emerging trends and recent developments in their "disciplines and network" with creatives from all industries.
Each year, Emergence works with several local artists to invent a piece (or in the case of the past two years, multiple pieces that come together as one) that becomes the official artwork for that year's event.
This year, delegates from the 2017 conference were able to watch this happen at Vasse Felix, while a selection of artists all created a piece that is now the 2018 branding artwork.
During the festival, they also hold the Emergence Creative Conference, along with workshops and collaboration sessions. The Emergence Creative Arts Festival is a place where ideas are created and participants are encouraged to think outside the box. It is for anyone who is creative or has the desire to become creative.
At last year's event, the Emergence Creative Festival closed its fifth instalment on the weekend, and there were some incredibly interesting speakers, artists, musicians, photographers and other creatives who came together in The Margaret River Region, and this year will also see all of these exciting events.
Speakers for this year will be:
Ben Akers - MC
Ben is the Founder and Creative Director of the behaviour change agency Made With. Ben has been in the advertising industry for over 20 years and in 2011 he joined the Republic of Everyone.
He has won over 50 international awards including Cannes Lions and D&AD and One Show Pencils, and Ben was named in Australian Creative's "2013 Power Top 20".
Ian Strange is an artist whose work explores architecture, space and the home. Strange has held solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, The Canterbury Museum, and participated in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Strange has been featured in very many publications as well as The Financial Review. In 2017 ABC TV released Home: The Art of Ian Strange, a 6-part documentary series looking at his career and work to date.
His work is displayed in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Canterbury Museum.
Justin Gignac is the co-founder of Working Not Working, a global platform connecting the world's best creative talent with the most innovative companies. Some of the firms using this platform include Apple, Google, Airbnb, Facebook, and thousands of other companies.
Justin was named one of the 50 Most Creative People of 2015 by AdAge Magazine and he is living in Brooklyn NY at the moment.
Gene Brutty & Tim Seddon
Tim and Gene are award-winning Creative Directors at Google in Japan. Both come from Perth and they have been partners now for some 8 years.
They have worked at some of Australia's largest agencies and then eventually went to Google, where they are now in their third year in Japan. They have also won over 40 awards in the International Creative category.
Chloe Rickard is one of Australia's most dynamic and innovative comedy producers.
She is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Jungle Entertainment, Mumbrella's Production Company of the Year in 2017. Here she has produced several shows for various networks and over 200 television commercials.
Chloe is currently developing the feature films The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women, The Hitchhiker and Croak, as well as others which are funded by Screen Australia.
Chloe is a member of the Screen Tasmania Advisory Board, as appointed by the Minister for the Arts, and has won several awards in her career.
The Colab & Workshop Speakers are yet to be announced for this event.
The event is held from Wednesday 21st March until Saturday 24th March 2018 and is open from 9.00 am to 11.55 pm each day.
The following is a list of costs for the event:
Opening Night Creative Crawl: Free
Closing Party: $90.00
Conference 1-day Pass: $390.00
Conference 2-day Pass Early Bird: $650.00
Access All Areas Pass (incl. conference) Early Bird: $790.00