#COVID19 Finally Kills @Cannes_Lions 2020

Russ Curry, Ministry of New Media

The 2020 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity which was scheduled to take place Monday to Friday June 22-26, 2020 has now been cancelled.

Philip Thomas, Chairman, Cannes Lions, said “Cannes Lions at its core has always been about creativity and the Lions. We realise that the creative community has other challenges to face, and simply isn’t in a position to put forward the work that will set the benchmark. The marketing and creative industries, in common with so many others, are currently in turmoil, and it’s clear that we can play our small part by removing all speculation about the Festival this year. We have tried to make our decisions as early as possible to give the industry total clarity on the situation, and that is why we are announcing this move today.”

Their statement said that their difficult decision followed in-depth consultations with their partners and customers and reflects the unprecedented societal, health and economic challenges currently facing the world. They also made mention of their desire to remove any uncertainty about the running of the awards and event for their partners and customers. The event wad first re-scheduled to take place October 26-30, 2020.

Simon Cook, Managing Director, Cannes Lions, added “We all look ahead to a more positive time – right now, Cannes Lions will continue to bring the global creative community together and provide inspiration where we can find it. Our recent call for inspirational creative stories from around the world has already garnered hundreds of accounts of our community uniting and showing progress in this crisis. We believe firmly that the Lions continue to offer valuable recognition to that community and we look forward to celebrating and honouring the work in 2021, when the world will hopefully feel more stable, and our community can give their work the focus it deserves.”

The next edition of the Festival will run June 21-25, 2021.

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