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The Ultimate Guide to the Cannes Lions Festival 2023: Insider Tips from ZZZ

Wednesday, 14 June 2023

The Cannes Lions Festival 2023 is just around the corner. A place where the brightest minds in the creative industry gather to share their genius. With so many amazing talks, parties and networking opportunities at your fingertips, it’s good to plan ahead. At ZZZ, we’ve done the hard work for you. Read on to discover the key events, must-have essentials, and travel tips you need to conquer the festival like a pro.

Key Events To Attend

  1. Amazon Port

Get energized with Amazon Ads’ daily workouts and wellness sessions, followed by insightful talks from industry leaders on advertising’s cutting-edge trends. When you need a refreshing break, indulge in Amazon’s Rose All Day at Port Cafe. And don’t miss the epic finale – Grammy Award-winning DJ Honey Dijon’s mind-blowing performance (yes, the one who rocked Beyonce’s Renaissance), on Wednesday 21 June from 9.30pm.

  1. Google Beach and YouTube Pride Night

Prepare to be dazzled by the Google takeover at Cannes Lions. Join the YouTube Pride Night on Google Beach, Thursday 22 June, featuring live music from the sensational Years & Years. This is where creativity, technology, and LGBTQ+ pride converge. Explore the beachfront venue, indulge in captivating keynote speeches, and rub shoulders with industry luminaries. Get ready to be seen and inspired. 

  1. Dentsu Beach

All week, Dentsu will be hosting panel events at their beach house, with leading creatives, technologists and thinkers, discussing the latest trends and challenges facing the industry today. On Tuesday 20 June, join a panel discussion on 8 Billion People and Counting – a look at how human insight will power the next era of innovation. A hop, skip and a jump down from Dentsu Beach, you’ll find Roku Beach House. As a world-leading streaming service, Roku will be sharing emerging opportunities in TV streaming and on the Roku platform.

  1. Stagwell Beach

Also known as Sport Beach 2023, you’ll certainly want to head down to Stagwell Beach and swap your business attire for some lycra! Join professional sports stars including football legends Alan Shearer and Patrice Evra, for a packed schedule of events. Kick-start your week on Monday 19 June, with a 3-mile loop through the heart of Cannes, led by track & field Olympian Allyson Felix and Paralympian Scout Bassett, before sitting down at 1pm for a one-on-one conversation with tennis ace Maria Sharapova. Finish the week with their Drinks & Open Play session on Thursday 22 June from 3.30-6pm.

  1. The Imaginarium by TripleLift

Immerse yourself in the dynamic atmosphere of The Imaginarium by TripleLift. Head down to 31 Blvd de la Croisette to gain an exclusive inside look at their product offerings, sip refreshing beverages at the bar, and make meaningful connections with fellow attendees. 

  1.  Journal House (WSJ): Insights and Engaging Talks

Don’t miss the thought-provoking talks and discussions at Journal House. On Monday 19 June, dive into the realm of AI in Marketing from 12:00-1:30pm. Then, on Wednesday 21 June, join the conversation on How Pro Sports Leagues are Wooing Gen Z from 9:30-11:00am, before unwinding that same evening for Journal House On The Rocks – a chance to join WSJ editors for a toast to celebrate Cannes Lions 2023.

What to pack for the Cannes Lions Festival 2023?

Get ready for a week filled with networking, insightful talks, and unforgettable beach parties. To ensure you make the most of the festival, packing smartly is key. From daytime events to nighttime revelries, here’s a curated list of must-have items to pack for an extraordinary Cannes Lions experience.

Image of a packed suitcase with items showing what items to pack for The Cannes Lions Festival 2023
  • Dress Code
    • The festival has a relaxed dress code, so opt for a mix of comfortable and stylish outfits. Pack a variety of smart-casual ensembles, including blazers, dress shirts, dresses, and tailored pants. Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes for those long days of walking and networking.

  • Activewear 
    • You might want to take a stroll along the Boulevard de la Croisette, or make the most of what Stagwell Beach and Amazon’s morning workouts have to offer. Either way, it would be wise to pack some leisurewear and trainers.

  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses and a Summer Hat

  • Networking Information
    • Exchanging details with potential collaborators, mentors and industry professionals is big in Cannes, so come armed with any information you want to share quickly.

  • Swimwear and Beach Towel

  • Euro Adapter
    • Stay connected and ensure your hairdryer, phone, and other electronic devices work seamlessly with a Euro adapter.

  • Phone/Computer/Chargers/Battery Pack
    • Stay charged up throughout the festival. Capture inspiring moments, stay connected with fellow attendees, and share your insights on social media.

  • Tote Bag
    • Don’t forget to bring a spacious tote bag to carry your freebies and essentials. It’s perfect for collecting swag and keeping your hands free during the bustling festival days.

  • Water Bottle
    • To avoid leaving a pile of plastic bottles behind, don’t forget your water bottle – the French water is just as safe and refreshing to drink.

How to get there?

Travelling from Nice to Cannes couldn’t be easier. We’ve pulled together a list of the fastest and simplest ways to ensure a stress-free travel experience here. 

Who is ZZZ?

ZZZ offers the finest selection of apartments and corporate spaces in prime locations, combined with exceptional service and destination knowledge. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver personalised experiences, tailored to the unique needs and preferences of our clients. With 24/7 availability and a commitment to going above and beyond, ZZZ sets itself apart as the go-to provider for accommodation in Cannes.

For booking enquiries for the Cannes Lions Festival 2023, please contact:

beds@zzz.co.uk or call us on 02088912323

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