Posted: 12th April 2019 | Written by: Rebecca Whitlocke
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2019 will be held from 17th to 21st June where Cannes transforms into the global headquarters of the entire marketing communications ecosystem. Cannes Lions is the largest and most significant international event for people working in branded communications to network, collaborate, hear about future trends and see the leading creative projects.
Whether you're a first-timer or a Cannes Lions stalwart, Bespoke Yacht Charter share a practical guide to Cannes Lions 2019:
Cannes has year-round appeal as one of Europe’s top destinations for festivals and congress events with easy accessibility to a major airport, a pleasant coastal setting and good infrastructure.
Bespoke Yacht Charter have years of expertise arranging yacht charters for Cannes events including MIPIM, MIPTV, Cannes Film Festival, MIDEM, MIPCOM and TFWA. Berths and access to the ports during events are strictly limited, therefore advance booking is highly recommended.
We have access to fully crewed luxury yachts, private yacht hire and boat rentals – yachts ranging in size from 60ft to 300+ft that are available to charter by the day or for the entire duration of Cannes Lions. We can guide you through the process to ensure your company gets a well-positioned berth for your charter yacht in the Port of Cannes, right next to the Palais des Festivals where Cannes Lions is held.
A luxury yacht berthed in the port is an extension of your public relations strategy, and the chance to showcase your company to the world’s most influential brands. We have tried-and-tested options for the largest impact that ensures your company will have a high profile throughout Cannes Lions week with your company logos, flags and banners.
A Cannes Lions yacht rental means you have your own floating venue convenient to the Palais to welcome clients on board, host presentations, lunches and parties for groups from 15 to over 300. Yachts staying in port can host more guests than permitted cruise numbers, so companies take the opportunity to entertain hundreds of party guests on the yacht and adjoining quay. All yachts are professionally crewed with staff who are skilled at managing guest numbers, especially in Cannes where it’s normal for higher guest list numbers.
You also have the chance to cruise on your yacht with clients and colleagues to nearby beach clubs and towns, including lunches at St Tropez and boat trips to the Lérins Islands off Cannes for sunset cocktails!
Every year, Cannes Lions showcases some of the best debuts in the creative world. Entries for the Lions opened in January with final submissions (with late fees) due by 18th April 2019.
For 2019, the big themes will focus on winning in the digital economy, personalised consumer experience, branding with technology and embracing diversity and inclusion.
New this year, Cannes Lions is partnering with 42Courses to offer a series of short online courses to explain the fundamentals of creative marketing – the first course on offer is ‘Storytelling’ with more courses slated to be added to the online training modules in the future.
Cannes Lions always has an incredible line-up of speakers each year. There are over 600 speakers including Creative Directors, branding experts, entertainment stars and CEOs:
People to look out for:
Tor Myhren (Apple)
Alex Josephson (Twitter)
Jeffrey Katzenberg (WndrCo)
Gillian Tett (Financial Times)
Ellie Cole (Paralympic Swimmer & Gold Medalist)
Arianna Huffington (Thrive Global)
Christian Horner (Aston Martin Red Bull Racing)
Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerX / VaynerMedia)
Stefan Heinrich (TikTok)
Seng Yee Lau (Tencent)
Winning a Lion means global exposure for creative excellence with twenty-seven specialist categories including PR Lions, Brand Experience & Activation Lions and the Glass Lion: The Lion for Change.
Every year, the criteria of the award categories alter to adapt to industry trends and changes - for 2019’s event, the Lion for Creative Strategy will be absorbed into Design and Innovation, and two new Lions will be up for grabs, The Creativity Lion and the Entertainment Lion for Sport.
There are five different Awards Shows held across the duration of the event, as well as the much-anticipated Closing Party held on Friday night at Carlton Beach.
Tune in to the Cannes Lions YouTube channel during the week where you can watch highlights of the most popular sessions of the day. The official Twitter account also tweets regularly with updates about seminars and Lions Award winners.
There are plenty of chances to socialise with other delegates at Cannes Lions. The ‘Meet Up’ sessions are bite-sized networking sessions, the ‘Festival Fringe’ events are casual social meets such as hotel drinks receptions and beach-side parties and there is a daily Happy Hour for delegates from 5:30pm-7pm at the Palais Beach, sponsored by CNN.
To discuss your Cannes Lions yacht charter requirements, please contact Rachel Coles:
Tel: +33 609 473500 / +44 207 368 3328