Cannes Lions postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

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Cannes Lions, the five-day international festival of creativity popular with London ad agencies, has been postponed until October as the coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen.

Usually held in the south of France in June, this year’s event will now take place from October 26th-30th.

France has just gone into a strict 15-day lockdown, restricting people from leaving their homes unless for work or food.

Philip Thomas, Cannes Lions Chairman, 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.”

Cannes Lions is the latest ad industry event to be altered by the Covid-19 pandemic and joins Advertising Week Europe, now taking place in September.

Cannes Lions managing director Simon Cook, Managing Director of the festival, added: “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.”

All passes, sponsorship arrangements and bookings will remain valid for the new date.