Cannes Lions has come out today with the not unexpected news that their Festival of Creativity will not take place in June as previous planned due to the Corona Virus outbreak that is engulfing the world. Cannes Lions are now engaging contingency plans for October.
Philip Thomas, Chairman, Cannes Lions said the decision comes following much deliberation with their partners and customers, as well as, consultation with public health officials, the mayoral office of Cannes and the French Authorities.
“We acknowledge the challenging circumstances facing us all as a community – we have and continue to be in deep consultation with many of our customers and partners as we adopt our contingency plans. The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, employees, sponsors and partners remains our first priority.” said Thomas.
“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 focussed now on planning the festival – and our beating heart, the Lions – to ensure our community is able to recognise the extraordinary work it contributes to business, organisations and society.”