This year's Cannes Lions 2023 festival was an absolute whirlwind of creativity, innovation, and inspiration. From the world's top designers to the most talented filmmakers, the festival attracted some of the most exciting and influential figures across creative industries, with some additional performances and parties. Speeches and appearances from showbiz royalty including Issa Rae and Yara Shahidi, as well as performances from the Foo Fighters and A$AP Rocky kicked off a sensational season.
The crowd was a little different from last year's, where there was a large presence from those in the fashion industry, and although it did appear to shift back to its corporate roots, trickles of creatives balanced this energy.
One of the most notable attendees this year was Spike Lee, the legendary filmmaker known for his groundbreaking work in movies such as Do the Right Thing and Malcolm X.
Lee's presence at the festival was a highlight for many attendees, who were eager to hear his thoughts on the state of the film industry and the role that creative storytelling plays in our current cultural moment, being an active participant during the festival, speaking on multiple panels and engaging in conversations with other industry leaders.
But Lee is just one of many talented individuals who have made their mark on Cannes Lions 2023. The festival has also attracted an impressive roster of designers, marketers, and technology experts including Meta, TikTok, Pinterest and Reddit, each of whom brought their unique perspective and expertise to the event.
On Meta Beach, there was an array of interactive experiences including an eye-dazzling installation by fashion brand KidSuper.
Some of the most exciting moments of this year's festival came from the intersection and celebration of these different creative disciplines. For example, designers and marketers collaborated to create groundbreaking advertising campaigns pushing the boundaries of traditional marketing. These were seen during the award ceremonies where the Grand Prix Film Craft Lions award was presented to We Cry Together - a short film, and hypnotic music video for musician Kendrick Lamar and American actress Taylour Paige for pgLANG. The 6-minute visual details the raw journey of a couple's domestic life as they tackle challenges when cultural clashes occur.
Meanwhile, other filmmakers demonstrated their creative efforts through exploring new technologies and techniques within their visual body of work, that redefine the very nature of storytelling in the digital age.
This year's award ceremony and event was an incredible showcase of the power of creativity and collaboration. From Spike Lee to the rising stars of the fashion and film industries, each attendee played a vital role in shaping the future of their respective fields.
With the stunning backdrop of the French Riviera, Cannes Lions is the perfect destination for a truly unforgettable experience. With the festival set to return in 2024, there's no telling what exciting developments and collaborations are still to come. So start planning your trip now and make sure Cannes Lions is on your bucket list for 2024!
Where to stay
When attending the prestigious Cannes Lions Festival, it is tempting to stay in the heart of the action on La Croisette in Cannes. However, if you're looking for a more serene and authentic experience, staying in the charming town of Juan Les Pins can provide a refreshing contrast.
Nestled along the stunning French Riviera, Juan Les Pins offers a picturesque setting that captivates visitors with its natural beauty and undeniable charm.
One of the main advantages of staying in the town is the opportunity to detach from the chaos often associated with the festival. While La Croisette can be hectic and crowded during the event, Juan Les Pins offers a tranquil escape with its laid-back atmosphere and pristine beaches. The town boasts a more relaxed and intimate vibe, allowing you to unwind and recharge amidst breathtaking surroundings.
In addition to its idyllic setting, Juan Les Pins has a wealth of activities and attractions that make it a perfect base for Cannes Lions attendees. Food enthusiasts will be delighted by the town's diverse culinary scene, which ranges from quaint local bistros to upscale restaurants. Indulge in delectable French cuisine, savouring the flavours of fresh line-caught seafood and regional specialities.
Renowned for its vibrant live music scene, the town comes alive during the festival with a multitude of live performances, ranging from jazz to rock and everything in between. Take in a captivating concert at one of the many beachside venues or immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of a local jazz club.
When it comes to transportation and commuting to the festival, Juan Les Pins enjoys excellent connectivity. The town is well-served by public transportation, with regular train and bus services that provide easy access to Cannes. The journey from Juan Les Pins to Cannes is just one stop on the train, taking just a few minutes, allowing you to attend the festival events and return to the tranquillity of your accommodations without hassle.
Things To Do
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Words by Jheanelle Feanny