The Very Best Creative Experiences in Cannes

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Cannes Tips for creatives

A focal point for the creative communications industry, Cannes has been inspiring artists, writers and storytellers since forever. The ideal setting to showcase projects, host events and network, Cannes is also the perfect place to reset your batteries and get a fresh perspective on life. Here are a few of our recommendations for the very best creative experiences to enjoy while you’re in town:

Get Schooled

Take a masterclass in creativity by enrolling in the Cannes Lions Creative Academy. An exceptional programme overseen by legendary advertising director Bob Isherwood, the Creative Academy is designed to help students achieve their full potential. Attend classroom sessions and workshops lead by some of the biggest creative talent in the world and get full access to all the Cannes Lions talks, events and awards ceremonies. A one-of-a-kind opportunity, why not expand your creative horizons in Cannes.

Put Yourself in the Picture

Capture that Riviera lifestyle and discover hidden Cannes with an exclusive photoshoot shot by American photographer James Pouliot. Based on the Cote d’Azur and specialising in portrait photography, James will introduce you to the authentic side of city life during your trip. Stroll along the Croisette or wind your way through the streets of Le Suquet as James shoots original headshots or photos for your professional portfolio. The perfect location to take unique and memorable images, turn this stunning resort town into your ultimate backdrop.

Express Yourself

Hidden away in the streets of Le Suquet, the Association des Beaux Arts in Cannes is a paradise for artists of all genres. Founded in 1902 by Louis Pastour, the association runs art classes in the stunning former Ecole de la Castre which overlooks the Bay of Cannes. Let your imagination run wild in a sculpture workshop or express yourself in watercolours, pastels, oils and more in a private painting class. Lead by the association’s highly-qualified and dedicated art teachers, increase your creativity and open-mindedness at the Association des Beaux Arts.

Get Away from it All

Take a break from your everyday life and use your time in Cannes to press the pause button with a silent retreat held at the magnificent Lérins Abbey. Located on the tiny island of Saint-Honorat just off the coast of Cannes, the 5th Century Abbey offers mindful meditation set against breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. An increasingly popular way to escape from the modern world, spend a few days in silent contemplation on this glorious island. At the end of your stay, head back to Cannes fully energised and creatively inspired for your next adventure.

Come Dine with Me

Visit culinary institution La Serviette Blanche in the heart of Cannes for a uniquely creative dining experience. The concept is simple, international chef Eliane Muskus will host a dinner party for you and your guests in her private apartment as you relax and enjoy the evening. Each dinner is set around a seasonal menu and is made up of fresh Mediterranean produce bought locally and prepared in front of you. Get culinary advice direct from the chef and taste wine carefully chosen by the sommelier, we guarantee you’ll love this innovative Chef’s Table experience.

Key Creative Events in Cannes in 2019:



A global platform to discuss television and digital content of all genres, MIPTV is the biggest annual conference and marketplace for the global entertainment industry. Dedicated to development & distribution, MIPTV brings content to life

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● Dates: 8th-11th April 2019 (4 days)

● Ticket price from: €1295




Midem is the international meeting place for professionals in the ecosystem of music and creative industries. It allows them to expand their international network, learn about the latest industry trends through the conference program, and discover, sign or have new artists sign on.

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● Dates: 4th-7th June 2019 (4 days)

● Ticket price from: €975

Cannes Lions


Shaping the global marketing agenda since 1954, the Cannes Lions festival and awards ceremony celebrates the very best of the communications industry. Get inspired as the world’s biggest brands give a master class in creative marketing in Cannes.

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● Dates: 17th- 21st June 2019 (5 days)

● Ticket price from: €3365



Quite simply the largest and most important entertainment trade show on the planet, MIPCOM is always at the cutting edge of the latest TV trends. Offering the very best content across all platforms, MIPCOM is the world’s content market.

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● Dates: 14th-17th October 2019

● Ticket price from: €1160

   Our Selection of Unique Spaces to Host, Network or Entertain after Hours:


Spectacular rooftop venue

  Spectacular Rooftop Venue

Located in the heart of Cannes just 150m from the Palais des Festivals, this spectacular urban venue guarantees the wow factor for your event. Inside, a series of large open-spaces can be set up as conference or meeting rooms while outside, the venue’s vast rooftop terraces are the ideal setting for a pop-up lounge or nightclub. Floor-length windows lead from the venue’s private bar to the terrace which offers your guests breathtaking views of the dazzling city skyline as night falls over Cannes.

Classic Motor Yacht

  Classic Motor Yacht

Turn the Mediterranean into your very own event space by chartering this beautiful wooden motor yacht. A classic yacht built in the 1960’s, she was fully refitted in 2013 and is a unique and totally private setting for corporate events and parties. Capable of welcoming up to 36 guests when cruising, she is available for day charter along the French Riviera coastline or can host up to 80 guests for dinner and drinks when at anchor. When quay-side, she can also be transformed into the ultimate cocktail lounge for up to 150 guests to mingle onboard.

Contemporary Cocktail Bar and Rooftop Terrace

  Contemporary Cocktail Bar and Rooftop Terrace

Set high above the city, this hip bar and rooftop lounge is the perfect venue for a private event.. Just a few minutes away from the Palais des Festivals and the Croisette, the bar can seat up to 30 guests and has a projector plus screen for video presentations. Step outside and discover the venue’s heated and covered rooftop terrace which has space for small groups of 20 to 40 people. A sophisticated setting for entertaining, pair bespoke cocktails from the bar’s resident mixologists with appetisers from the Chef’s ‘Street Food’ menu to create an unforgettable evening for your guests.

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