The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity will not take place in June as originally scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers are now shifting to their previously announced contingency plans which call for the event to take place the week of Oct. 26-30.
The decision comes following much deliberation with Lions partners and customers, as well as consultation with public health officials, the mayoral office of Cannes and the French Authorities. The health, safety and wellbeing of customers, employees, sponsors and partners remains the Lions fest’s first priority.
Philip Thomas, chairman, Cannes Lions, commented: “The global situation is dynamic and changing rapidly, we felt it was critical to provide visibility on June as soon as possible. We will continue to liaise closely with our customers as we develop our plans.”
Simon Cook, managing director, Cannes Lions, added: “Our community is facing unprecedented challenges and collaboration has never been more important. We are focused now on planning the festival--and our beating heart, the Lions--to ensure our community is able to recognize the extraordinary work it contributes to business, organizations and society.”