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Travelling solo to Cannes Lions

Navigate the Festival with confidence and make connections along the way.

Many people come to Cannes Lions on their own – it’s often the best way to meet others. Here are some tips to help you network and navigate during the week.

Before you go

  • Join a webinar about how to prepare for Cannes Lions – designed for those attending the Festival for the first time or those travelling solo. Hear from the Cannes Lions team on what to expect, how to prepare for the week and other top tips. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and meet other first-timers and solo travellers. Look out for an invite in May/June.

  • Download the Cannes Lions 2024 app when it launches in May to see who’s going and connect with them in advance. In the Rotonde, you’ll find the Hub – our main networking destination. This is the best place to book meetings with your new contacts, which can be easily done through the Festival app.

When you arrive

  • First-timer Palais Tours: Join a group tour of the Festival venue, available in multiple languages, and make friends with other first-timers. Just search ‘first-timer’ in the app or drop by the meeting point located by the red carpet stairs.

  • Welcome Reception for first-timers: Join our midday meet-up on Monday and make connections over tea, coffee and mimosas – the perfect way to start the week. You can sign up for this via the app.

  • Daily Happy Hours: Relax in the sun during Happy Hour on the Terrace – an ideal time for meeting new people. This takes place every day at 5:30 pm, with complimentary drinks.

  • Explore Cabana Town to discover the exciting activities put on by our Partners. Cabana Town is a lively area within the Festival grounds where brands showcase their work in cabanas – offering a relaxed space for networking, meetings and discussions.

  • Dive into our daily networking meet-ups where you can connect with industry legends in interactive sessions and workshops. You can find these in the app.

  • If you’re a Gold, Gold Plus or Platinum pass holder, head to the Club House in the Palais, where you'll find complimentary food and drink on a sunny terrace.

  • Brunch on the Terrace: Join fellow Festival goers on the Terrace for brunch on Friday morning – your chance to chat about the week’s events and gear up for our world-class Awards Show in the evening.

  • Cannes Lions Closing Party: A celebration like no other. Catch up with the connections you’ve made and end the week in style at the official Festival Closing Party on Carlton Beach.

  • Need a moment to rest and recharge after all the networking? Discover The Propeller's 'Safe Space' – a new area for 2024 that offers a quiet spot for you to take a break from the Festival excitement.

Staying Safe at Cannes Lions

While you're enjoying the Festival, your safety and wellbeing is most important to us. Please take the time to read through our Safety guide and get in touch with the Delegates team via email, phone or live chat if you have any questions – we’re here to help.

When travelling around the city, go for reputable transportation options. Official taxis or rideshare services are generally safer. You can find taxi details on our Staying Safe page.

Stay connected: Keep your phone charged and take a portable charger with you as a backup. During Festival hours, we have plenty of spaces at the venue to charge your electronics. You’ll find these signposted in the Cannes Lions 2024 app. Stay connected with friends or family members, especially if you're exploring solo.

Emergency services: In the event of a serious incident or emergency, please call 112. Trained operators will either deal with your request directly or transfer you to the appropriate emergency service.

More on staying safe at Cannes Lions

Whether you’re heading to Cannes Lions for the first time or just want to plan ahead, our helpful tips will give you everything you need to know.

Got any questions?

Get in touch with the Delegates team via email, phone or live chat – we’re here to help.

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