Opening Cannes: Your Ultimate Guide to Cannes Lions 2024
Opening Cannes: Your Ultimate Guide to Cannes Lions 2024

Get ready for one of the most exciting events in the advertising and creative world.


Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity is just around the corner, running from 17 to 21 June 2024, in the stunning city of Cannes, France. The team at Creative Translation are buzzing with excitement as our very own COO, Jessica Flordelis Barbera and Director of Business Development, Elliot Nedas, gear up to attend. That’s not all, our Director of Language Operations, Nunzia Santoro, and Transcreation Team Lead, Alix Dabo, will also be attending and they can’t wait to meet like-minded creative individuals from all over the globe.

To make your trip as amazing and memorable as possible, we’ve put together this handy guide. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned Cannes Lions attendee, we’ve got you covered with local tips, delicious dining spots, key French phrases, and must-see attractions in the area.


About Cannes: A Local Perspective


Cannes is world-famous for its glamorous film festival, which draws in crowds from around the world every year. However, living in central Cannes is a luxury that only a few can afford. The locals, known as “Cannois” for men and “Cannoises” for women, sometimes get a reputation for being a tad upper-class. But don’t let that fool you – Cannes has its own special charm with its beautiful beaches, luxurious hotels like the Carlton, and the vibrant rue d’Antibes, packed with high-end fashion boutiques.

Sure, it gets busy during the summer and festival seasons, but that’s part of the magic. Cannes is always sparkling clean and offers a quintessential French Riviera experience.


Culinary Delights in Cannes


Foodies, rejoice!, Cannes has an array of fantastic dining options, especially along rue du Suquet, rue Hoche, and rue Félix Faure. Here are some of our top picks:


Café Hoche: A great spot for a relaxed meal or a casual coffee.

Volupté: Perfect for a sweet afternoon snack.

Astoux et Brun: Famous for its fresh and delicious seafood.

Eden Roc: A famous restaurant and 5-star hotel in the Cap d’ Antibes.


If you’re feeling fancy, try the seafront restaurants – just be ready for those Riviera prices! And for those who love anise-flavoured drinks, don’t miss out on trying Pastis or Ricard. Plus, you’ll get a kick out of watching (or joining) a game of Pétanque, a beloved local sport.

The view at Eden Roc


Key French Phrases for Visitors


Blend in with the locals with these handy French phrases:

“Pitchoun” (Little one or kid. Can be used to say if your dessert is small)

Example: Mon dessert est pitchoun. (My dessert is quite small.)


“Cagnard” (When the sun is burning hot)

Example: Je ne veux pas manger sous le cagnard. (I don’t want to eat under this burning hot sun.)


“La petite soeur s’il vous plait” (The little sister please)

A fun way to ask for another of the same drink, but doesn’t work with food!


Discover Antibes and Juan-les-Pins


Want to explore beyond Cannes? Make sure to visit Antibes and Juan-les-Pins:

Picasso Museum: Immerse yourself in the art and history of Picasso.

Traditional Market: Try ‘socca’, a tasty chickpea galette from Nice.

Port Vauban and Quai des Milliardaires: Gaze at some of the world’s most luxurious yachts.

Garoupe Lighthouse: Take a scenic walk up to this lighthouse for breathtaking views and a charming chapel.

Cap d’Antibes Walks: Enjoy a stunning coastal trek – choose between a two-hour walk or a shorter 45-minute option. 

Street Art: Discover vibrant street art scattered throughout Antibes.


Our team enjoying a drink at Juan-Les-Pins


Getting Around


Getting around Cannes and its surroundings is a breeze. Buses, cycling routes, walking paths, and ferries provide easy transport options. The train ride along the coast offers stunning Mediterranean views – be sure to check the timetable for the occasional strike or delay. Alternatively, traditional taxis and Uber are a popular choice due to their convenience!


Catch Us at Cannes Lions 2024

If you’re attending, we’d love to meet up for a coffee or cocktail and chat about how our translation services can help bridge cultural and linguistic gaps in your campaigns. 

Get in touch with us to organise a meeting and follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram to see what we’re up to.

Let’s make Cannes Lions 2024 an unforgettable experience. We hope to see you there!



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