Cannes Lions cancelled for 2020

Chris Pash
By Chris Pash | 3 April 2020

The 2020 Cannes Lions festival and awards have been cancelled, another fallout from the spread of the coronavirus. 

The annual Festival of Creativity, rescheduled to October from June, will not take place this year. The next edition will run June 21-25 in 2021.

Organisers says priorities have shifted to the need to protect people, to serve consumers with essential items and to focus on preserving companies, society and economies.

“We realise that the creative community has other challenges to face, and simply isn’t in a position to put forward the work that will set the benchmark," says Philip Thomas, chairman, Cannes Lions. 

"The marketing and creative industries, in common with so many others, are currently in turmoil, and it’s clear that we can play our small part by removing all speculation about the Festival this year.

"We have tried to make our decisions as early as possible to give the industry total clarity on the situation, and that is why we are announcing this move today.”



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