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Created in 1954, the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity has been bringing members of the creative communications industry together for over 60 years. A truly global event, the first edition of the festival took place in Venice where the Lion of Piazza San Marcos statue was the inspiration for the prestigious Lions trophy. Held alternately in Venice and Cannes for 30 years, Cannes became the permanent home of the festival in 1984 and Lions has been lighting up the Croisette each June ever since.

Dedicated to celebrating the value of creativity in branded communication, the Cannes Lions Festival brings together attendees from all sectors of the industry for a series of talks, debates and live panels with world-class directors, entertainers, writers, athletes and speakers. In addition to the conference panels, Cannes Lions is also a series of award ceremonies honouring key industry players for their creative work each year.

Whether you’re looking for a venue in the city centre or a little further out of town, when it comes to finding the perfect space for your Cannes Lions side event, we’ve got you covered. To help you choose the right space for both you and your brand, we’ve put together a few recommendations to ensure your event goes off without a hitch:


During Cannes Lions week, choosing a location is the one decision that will have the most impact on your event. While choosing a venue close to the Palais des Festivals will ensure guests can easily attend your event, there is also much to be said for choosing a venue located away from the crowds on the Croisette. Whether you want instant access to the events taking place in the city centre or you prefer to chill out in a villa set in the hills around Cannes, we’re here to help you find your ideal Cannes Lions space.


When it comes to choosing your space for Cannes Lions, you’ll definitely want to take your event budget into account. Being flexible with your dates and times can be a great way to negotiate rental costs with your venue so to bring down costs, you could think about holding your event during the daytime rather than the evening or choosing a more atypical venue such as a private apartment or office space to ensure you stick to your budget. Of course, we also recommend booking as far in advance as possible to make sure you get the best possible rates for your Cannes Lions event.


Venue capacity is another decision to take into consideration when finding a space for Cannes Lions. Depending on the type of event you’re hosting, you’ll need to check both the layout and the room capacity of your venue before confirming. Bear in mind that seated events require more space to set up than stand-up affairs, while business presentations and meetings may also require extra space for speakers and equipment so it’s always best to make sure the venue can accommodate all your requirements beforehand.

Transport: Getting around Cannes during Cannes Lions week can be tricky due to the crowds so if you’re looking at hiring a venue outside of the city centre, it’s definitely worth putting on a car or shuttle bus service for your guests. If you’re staying a little closer to the Croisette, you could also think about renting a personalised tuk-tuk bike, electric scooter or a Mini Moke to promote your brand as you drive around town attending meetings.


Although many delegates don’t bother hiring a car when they come to Cannes, those staying out of town will need transport to get to and from the festival throughout the week. If you’re planning on holding your event in one of the spaces outside the city centre it’s worth inquiring about private parking or even providing a valet parking service for guests with their own car service.

Outside Space:

Thanks to the French Riviera’s fantastic climate, Cannes Lions week is always a great time to get outdoors and soak up those blue skies and endless sunshine. To make sure your guests don’t miss out, why not think about hiring a venue with a private balcony or garden for outdoor meetings, after-work cocktails and more. Alternatively, we can also help you charter a yacht for Lions week so you can take your event to the next level and treat your guests to the ultimate VIP venue in Cannes.

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