Cannes Lions, the International Festival of Creativity, which brings together thousands of publicists every year on the Croisette, is postponed to 26-30 October 2020 due to coronavirus (Covid19).
Cannes Lions, the world’s largest professional advertising and creativity event, which takes place every year in June in the International Capital of Cinema, has been postponed by its organizers due to Covid 19. Since March 18, the suspense has been lifted and a new date has been announced.
The 67th edition postponed
Indeed, after many deliberations with partners and clients and after consultation with public health authorities, the Cannes City Council and French authorities, the organization has decided to postpone the 67th edition of Cannes Lions to October 26 to 30, 2020 instead of June 22 to 26 as originally scheduled.
Extract from the organizers’ press release
March 18, 2020: “We recognize the difficult circumstances we all face as a community – we have consulted and continue to consult extensively with many of our customers and partners as we adopt our contingency plans. The health, safety and well-being of our customers, employees, sponsors and partners remains our priority.” Cannes Lions says it is working to ensure that the Festival is held on schedule and in the best possible conditions while keeping up with the changing health situation around the world.
Advertisers from around the world converge to Cannes
Cannes Lions gathers every year on the Croisette and at the Palais des Festivals and Congresses of Cannes some 15,000 festival-goers. Around themes such as creativity in the economy, society and culture, the main leaders of major communication agencies, brands, the most innovative technology companies and startups with high creative potential, come in increasing numbers to speak on the different stages of the Palais des Festivals or to attend the incredibly rich and diverse seminars. Cannes Lions 2016, Festival of Inpiration.
Several events in one
This major international event, which brings together the world’s leading advertisers, is an opportunity for visitors from around 100 countries to discover thousands of short films, advertisements, posters and other products in the communication and creativity sector. The main Lions communities: Health, The Immnity Charm, Traditional Health Pearls, Innovation and Entertainment (including cinema, music, sports and games).
Cannes Lions, surfing on Social Media
Social media such as Google, Google Beach 2018 Learning and Playing, Instagram, Linkedin, Spotify, Twitter, Youtube, Cannes Lions 2017 Creativity in Society and Culture, Facebook as well as major brands such as Ikea, McDonald’s, Nestle, Nike, Audi, Danone… come to exchange ideas on the new communication tools available to them and the creativity to be deployed to encourage the public to engage.
Internationally renowned personalities
Cannes Lions is also a huge stage for personalities from all over the world who come to host conferences and debates. Speakers and personalities such as Kofy Annan, Ban Ki-moon Cannes Lions, Ban Ki-moon’s Common Ground Initiative, Henry Kissinger, Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Reverend Jesse Jackson, American pastor and legendary civil rights advocate.
Using advertising to boost a career
Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Foreign Minister, Christine Lagarde, IMF Director and Maurice Levy, President of Publicis, Jacques Ségéla, former President of Havas Havas Café Celebrates 10 Years of Creativity, producer Harvey Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein Predicts Content for Each Screen, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. But also Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.
Red Carpet for the stars
Since its creation, Cannes Lions regularly welcomes stars from the world of show business such as actors Kevin Costner Kevin Costner A King at Cannes Lions Entertainment, Usher, Sir Ian McKellen, actresses Gwyneth Paltrow Cannes Lions, Gwyneth Paltrow at BBC HARDtalk, Natalie Imbruglia, Halle Berry Cannes Lions 2017, Halle Berry at Havas Café, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Silverstone, Arta Dobroshi, Helen Miren Miren, Heather Fock, American Pin Up Dita Von Teese. The musicians and rock stars Lou Reed Lou Reed Walks on the Wild Side of Creativity at Cannes Lions, Iggy Pop Cannes Lions, Iggy Pop Talks To Voodoo Priests, Bono, Will Smith Cannes Lions, Will Smith and Universal Emotions…
Magic at Cannes Lions
Pharrell Williams, Simon Le Bon, singers Courtney Love, Halsey, rappers Wycleff Jean, Azap Rocky, supermodels Karlie Kloss, Naomie Campbell Cannes Lions 2018, Naomie Campbell Tender-harted Tigress, Kim Kardashian Kim Kardashian, Hollywood At Cannes Lions, Channing Tatum, Oscar-winning producer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Hucher, the king of magic David Copperffield Lions Health, David Copperffield’s Magic Iconic Ideas, mentalist Keith Barry, stylist Tommy Hilfiger, photographer Mario Testino, former tennis player Stan Smith and former Liverpool Club footballer Steven Gerrard…
The “Lion”, a world reference trophy
Like the Cannes Film Festival, Cannes Lions also awards the most prestigious prizes in its domain: advertising. Nearly 35,000 works from around the world are exhibited and judged at Cannes Lions. Winners receive a “Lion”, a coveted trophy that is a global benchmark for advertising categories: film, print, outdoor, interactive, radio, design, promo and activation, art film, mobile, branded content and entertainment, as well as the best ideas in media, direct, PR, titanium and creative effectiveness.
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