Manchester has been forced to relocate its daytime events at MIPIM after its seafront pavilion in Cannes was damaged in the early hours of Monday morning.
The beach-side pavilion was hit by sea flooding on late Sunday evening and Monday morning, and the city has now relocated its daytime programme of events and talks into the VIP area at the Palais des Festival, the convention’s main centre.
Damage to the stand has rendered some AV equipment unusable, but Manchester’s team at MIPIM still plans to host evening events at the pavilion on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Work is ongoing to repair the pavilion and prepare it for this evening’s event.
A statement from Manchester at MIPIM said: “Due to storm damage, all Manchester at MIPIM 2018 daytime events scheduled to take place at the Manchester Pavilion on La Croisette will now take place in the VIP Club, Level 3, Palais de Festivals.
“The rain has not dampened Manchester’s spirits and we’re still looking forward to an exciting week of exchanging ideas and building connections.”
Last night’s Manchester launch was moved last minute to the Majestic Hotel, where Manchester’s delegation of more than 100 companies heard a welcome speech from Manchester City Council’s leader Sir Richard Leese, and Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram. Leese has taken over from former council chief executive and MIPIM stalwart Sir Howard Bernstein as head of the Manchester delegation, but still invoked the memory of his predecessor by “echoing Sir Howard to tell everyone to get to work this week”.
— Emma Tynan (@EmmaT_MS_NW) March 13, 2018