The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity is being held after a hiatus of three years. After pandemic-induced zoom fests and far too long without hugs and hellos, we are finally back together again – to learn, to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired by each other. And from what I’ve seen of this event so far, its pre-eminent status as the global benchmark for creativity and effectiveness is fully intact.
Now, if you’re a first-time visitor to the festival, you tend to get carried away by the smorgasbord of experiences it offers. From enlightening talks by eminent marketing & advertising personalities in the Palais, to the schmoozing and partying on the beaches alongside the Croisette. From rubbernecking beautiful people to roses flowing copiously in the cafes dotting the seafront - it’s all part of the Cannes tsunami that just sweeps you off your feet. However, it’s not all fun and frolic in the French Riviera if you focus on the real reason why everyone’s there. The Cannes Lions. The Real McCoy. The holy grail of award shows. You either have it or you don’t. Even the mere mention of a shortlist sends one into paroxysms of pleasure – for you are, after all, competing with the best creative work in the world. Nothing else compares. No elephants, no zebras, no tigers. The Lions is king. Period.
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