66th Cannes Lions 2019 now open 5 days of Creativity – Diversity on the Agenda with Kerry Washington and John Legend Participating

Diversity, inclusion and culture will be widely discussed in sessions such as Participant Media’s ‘Defining Art + Activism’ with Alfonso Cuarón, Oscar-winning director of “ROMA” and activist Ai-jen Poo; and ‘The 50+ Goldmine: Sparking Creativity’s Coming of Age’ with Arianna Huffington, Bozoma St John and Maye Musk. John Legend, multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, record producer and activist, will also speak alongside Procter & Gamble chief brand officer, Marc Pritchard, in the session “Reimagine Creativity Through Love and Humanity”, followed by a live performance from Legend.

Alongside the main content in the Palais, the Cannes Lions fringe hosts a vast programme of events, from beach-side talks to bespoke networking. The Inkwell Beach, hosted by Cannes Can: Diversity Collective (CC:DC), is the festival hub that celebrates the contributions of communities of colour and underrepresented communities within the industry.

Cannes Lions is committed to campaigning for creativity as a powerful force for good in the world and is partnering with the UN to support the Sustainable Development Goals through a range of creative initiatives at the Festival. The Goals House in Cannes is a focal point for the strategic-thinking needed to make the United Nations’ Global Goals a reality.
Since its first outing in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has been bringing the creative communications industry together every year at its one-of-a-kind event in Cannes to learn, network and celebrate.

Over 30,000 pieces of creative and effective work from 89 countries, in 27 distinct creative disciplines, will be awarded and celebrated at the Festival, setting the global benchmark for creativity and effectiveness. More than 400 jury members, from over 50 countries, have now convened in Cannes to judge the work, which will be celebrated across five evening Awards Shows. First shortlists have now been announced on the Cannes Lions information and insight subscription portal The Work.  Cannes Lion runs from 17 – 21 June. Tickets on sale until 21st June.

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