Each year, since 60 years, creative professionals of communications industries come together to Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to be inspired and educated, to debate, learn from the best and be inspired. Some, as well, pushing creativity to summits are honored with prestigious awards.
From June 16-22, more than 11,000 members of the global communication gathered in Cannes, to participate to the learning program boasting seven days of inspirational sessions inside the Palais des Festivals. Others took benefit of visiting beaches or outside tents, where creativiy showcases itself through entertaining ways. Thought-leaders and experts in all forms of communications and creative thinking come together to inspire with their own experience, debate and entertain at the Festival.
The workshop program is made up of more than 20 practical, skill-based sessions aiming at hands-on learning. And the Forum programme will propose six daily sessions, with each day a theme enlighting a different key industry topic.
Among the stars present to provide insights or experience on how they used their creativity to achieve success: Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, visionary urban architect Rem Koolhaas, world-famous photographer Annie Leibovitz, F1 World Champion Jenson Button, Hip-Hop entrepreneur Sean Combs aka Puff Daddy, fashion icon Vivienne Westwood and, last but not least, succeding last year pop icon Blondie, the Underground Rock legend Lou Reed.
Industry legends including Lee Clow, Nick Law, Maurice Lévy, Andrew Robertson, Sir Martin Sorrell, and James Hilton also spoke their minds on the industry’s future and gave tips and advicess.
Then, four Awards ceremony saw the best in several ads categories burst with joy and lift up their Lions awards. New this year, Cannes Lions has launched a new entry section, the Innovation Lions, celebrating more than a campaign or communications idea.
For those who couldn’t make it to Cannes, one world-class seminar were streamed each day live across the globe through Lions Live – a partnership between Cannes Lions, global media agency network Mindshare and YouTube.
The City of Cannes, represented by Mr David Lisnard, First Deputy Mayor of Cannes, President of the SEMEC, Mrs Martine Giuliani, Director of the Palais des Festivals and Congresses and Cannes professional partners offered Cannes Lions a birthday cake to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the International Festival of Creativity. The birthday cake was made by young pastry world champion Jérôme De Olivera, from Intuitions By J at Five Hotel.
The Traders Association Cannes Prestige, Umih06 FPRBCC (restaurants union), the hotels union, the Casino Barrière, Cannes Rental Certification, the union of beach managers and Taxis have joined the City of Cannes to wish Happy Birthday to Cannes Lions CEO Philip Thomas.
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity was established in 1984 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres.