"A showcase that provokes, inspires and lights the way forward"

– Tham Khai Meng, Ogilvy & Mather

  • 2017 Festival 
    in numbers →
  • 16,000+
  • 1,000+
  • 4,700+
  • 360+
    Hours of inspiration
  • 40,000+
    Ideas exhibited

The world's most inspiring creative festival

Cannes Lions is five days of talks, workshops, networking events, classes and awards shows for people in the branded communications, marketing, design, tech, media and entertainment industries.

They come to Cannes Lions to explore the power of creativity as a force for business, for change and for good.

New for 2018

From a streamlined festival experience to new opportunities to celebrate the work throughout the City of Cannes and beyond, Cannes Lions is changing in 2018 to reflect the state of creative communications today.

Madonna Badger

"Full of people who can actually make a difference"

Madonna Badger

Chief Creative Officer, Badger and Winters

"Everyone you need to talk to is here"

Leslie Moonves

CEO, CBS Corporation

"Where ideas get nurtured, relationships formed and talent nourished"

Jonathan Mildenhall

Former CMO, Airbnb

Hear ideas you can turn into actions

The Cannes Lions stage hosts the world’s leading creative thinkers. From global CCOs to Oscar-winning storytellers, expert speakers share powerful ideas and the insights you need to be better at your job.

Get the latest insights

This year’s festival will deliver sector and skills-based learning opportunities like never before: the dedicated two-day content stream of Lions Health focusses on life-changing creativity within healthcare communications, Lions Innovation showcases the latest in technology and creative innovation, and Lions Entertainment explores unskippable creativity in the entertainment sector.

Make new contacts at every turn

The Cannes Lions community represents the industry at all levels – and provides ample opportunity to make new contacts. Whether it’s on the beach, at the bar, or at one of the Festival’s daily networking events, you’re sure to meet the people you want to talk to.

The world's best ideas on show

Immerse yourself in the game-changing work entered into the awards. From big-budget international campaigns to inspirational local gems, the world’s best creative communications are on show at the festival.

Past speakers

Al Gore

Politician and environmentalist
45th Vice President of the United States

Anna Wintour

Artistic Director
Condé Nast

Ban Ki-moon

Eighth Secretary-General
United Nations

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director
International Monetary Fund

Cindy Gallop


David Droga

Creative Chairman

Halle Berry

Oscar-winning actor

Jesse Jackson

Civil rights activist and politician

Jessica Walsh

Sagmeister & Walsh

Kanye West

Rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer and entrepreneur

Lou Reed

Musician, singer and songwriter

Marcello Serpa

Former Partner

Mark Zuckerberg


Tim Berners-Lee

Engineer and computer scientist
Inventor of the World Wide Web

Vivienne Westwood

Fashion designer

Yoko Ono

Multimedia artist, singer, songwriter and peace activist

"Speaking at Cannes Lions is like presenting an Oscar: terrifying, but mind-blowing"

Sam Saunders

Chief Creation Officer, USA, We Are Social

"A great opportunity to share ideas, have conversations and form partnerships"

Dan Gardner

Co-founder & Executive Creative Director, Code and Theory

"Topics on stage set the creative industry's agenda for the year"

Alec Brownstein

VP of Creative, Executive Creative Director, Dollar Shave Club

Inspiring creativity since 1954

18 - 22 June 2018

Cannes, France

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