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Cannes Lions Festival 2020 postponed until October due to coronavirus

The postponement comes as governments and companies take increasingly strict steps to curb spread of COVID-19.

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Cannes Lions has announced that the annual Festival of Creativity will not take place in June as previously planned. The organisers are now engaging contingency plans for the previous published October dates.

The festival, originally scheduled for June 22 through 26, is now planned for Oct. 26-30. Conference organizers said earlier that passes, sponsorship arrangements and bookings will roll over and remain valid.

A statement issued by the organisers read as following:

"The decision comes following much deliberation with our 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.

"Cannes Lions will continue to monitor the rapidly changing developments associated with the Coronavirus outbreak. Although we have sound mitigation plans, we shall continue to monitor this situation carefully and continue to engage closely with our customers, as we start to work in collaboration to ensure we can recognize the world’s best creativity in 2020."

Philip Thomas, Chairman, Cannes Lions, said: “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.”

Meanwhile, Simon Cook, Managing Director, Cannes Lions, has said: “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.”


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