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.
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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The first show on the international calendar, the Festival officially marks the launch of the yachting season and there is no shortage of exciting events on offer during the six-day show. Cannes is the place to check out the global launch of new yachts from the world’s top luxury shipyards and enjoy exclusive preview events presenting this year’s new collection of tenders, water toys, gadgets and more.
Although the Cannes Film Festival is best known as an industry-only event, there are still lots of ways for visitors to join in with the fun during Festival week. From evening screenings on the beach to a fantastic firework display in the Bay, we’ve put together a guide to the very best free events on offer in and around Cannes this July. Keep reading to plan your trip to the 2021 Cannes Film Festival today
Discover more about Cannes Lions and get our top tips for finding a venue and organising an unforgettable side event in Cannes. All you need to know about Cannes Lions : The biggest week of the year for the advertising and communications industry, Cannes Lions is an unmissable event. The perfect place to unlock your creative potential, read on to discover more about Cannes Lions and how to find the ideal space for your event plus all our recommendations to make sure everything runs smoothly while you’re in town.
Learn more about the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and get our recommendations about how to organise a successful side event. All you need to know about the Cannes Film Festival Check out our ultimate guide to the most glittering Film Festival in the world below plus get the lowdown on how to find the ultimate venue for your Cannes Film Festival event with our recommendations on where to find local businesses, brands and service providers for your big day.
Learn more about the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and get our recommendations about how to organise a successful side event All you need to know about the Cannes Film Festival Check out our ultimate guide to the most glittering Film Festival in the world below plus get the lowdown on how to find the ultimate venue for your Cannes Film Festival event with our recommendations on where to find local businesses, brands and service providers for your big day.