This is a very special moment in Cannes Lions history.An address from @ZelenskyyUa , President of Ukraine.#CannesLions2022 pic.twitter.com/8Ob5Xqqhun
— LIONS | The Home of Creativity (@Cannes_Lions) June 20, 2022
In his virtual address, Zelenskyy’s spoke about the ongoing war situation and shared a lesson for everyone in the communication world. “The end of this war and its circumstances depend on the world’s attachment. And that is why I need allies. We need people like you,” he said.
Zelenskyy went on to call the Cannes Lions attendees the ‘most creative people in the world’. According to him, the creative community through its cutting-edge work – like refugee flag or the ALS ice bucket challenge or the rivers of light – has time and again through “words and images” reminded that purpose-led advertising reaches “the depths of the human soul.”
“You make people talk about issues everyone would otherwise overlook,” he said.
Zelenskyy expressed his faith in the attendees of the festival. “I am sure you all will do a lot more to promote Ukrainian bravery. Because, we are fighting not just for our own freedom, but for the freedom of the entire democratic world.”
The power of human creativity is greater than the power of the nuclear state that is stuck in the past, the Ukrainian President believes. “Speaking of Ukraine, don’t let the world switch to something else. The world must remember that Ukraine is fighting for freedom, and this fight must end in our victory as soon as possible. Your ever success will mean saving thousands of lives,” he concluded.The video was played during the 'Creativity Under Bombs' session where Ukrainian creative leaders took to the stage.