The Young Lynx Experience


This Young Lynx experience is a curated Festival programme, built for ambitious industry professionals under 32 and included in the Young Lynx delegate pass.

What to expect

The Young Lynx Experience is designed exclusively for bright emerging talent. It's an unmissable chance to grow your network and shape your future. Navigate the Festival with two days of carefully selected mainstage sessions and unique opportunities to connect with a new community. The experience includes:

• Young Lynx ‘festival highlights’ guide
• Kick-off & drop-in sessions
• Portfolio reviews
• Young Lynx networking
• Guided tour of the award-winning work

The Programme

Young Lynx Festival Guide

A guide to two mainstage sessions that you won’t want to miss out on across each of the two days of the Festival. Handpicked by an industry leader with years of experience in developing talent. Leave with key takeaways that will help you navigate the industry and shape your career.

Kick-Off Session

A chance to meet your fellow Young Lynx-ers and find out how to make your Festival experience unforgettable – setting the tone for the two days ahead. Join us for an inspiring opening session, welcoming you into a new community made up of the industry’s next generation.

Young Lynx Connect

A chance to get face to face time with regional leaders, in a session specifically for you. Drop in to talk to industry luminaries – ask your burning questions and get advice on your career.

Morning Meet Up

An opportunity to regroup and refresh before the second day of the Festival. Join us for a short session bringing together what you’ve learned so far and catch up with the rest of the Young Lynx community while you’re here, too.

Tour of the Work

A guided tour of the exhibition in small groups, with insightful commentary from leading industry figureheads. Be inspired by the winning work showcased at the Festival.

Portfolio Critiques 

A speed dating-style review of your portfolio, with quickfire feedback from a carefully selected team of our Dubai Lynx jurors – leaders from outside the region with years of industry experience for you to benefit from.

Programme Leader

We’re pleased to announce the return of Ciaran Bonass, Founding Executive Creative Director, VICE | Virtue (MEA) as programme leader of the Young Lynx Experience.

Find out more


Ciaran Bonass
Executive Creative Director
VICE | Virtue Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Ciaran’s’ 20 year career has spanned a multitude of creative and media disciplines. As early as 2001, Ciaran led creative and digital transformation within DoubleClick,, and TBWA Ireland. Now, as founding ECD of VICE MEA, his focus is on creating a space where brands matter in a complex media and content world. Passionate and vocal on audience-first narratives he believes great cultural thinking lives outside of marketing walls and unapologetically concentrates on the force of creativity over format. In a short space of 12 months of launching Virtue –The Creative Agency By VICE he has led an array of global projects from the region - including a Hollywood star studded campaign for Dubai Tourism, music videos for Rita Ora, Eva Queen, and Kazka, launched one of the regions most successful female centric content platforms for Unilver (, The WOMANHOOD project in South Africa, created a new voice for Estee Lauder and has worked with brands such as Nike, Sunsilk, Dove, Dettol, and Ray Ban.

Be part of the Young Lynx experience

It a career-boosting opportunity to meet and learn from the industry's best. To take advantage of all the elements, you'll need a Young Lynx festival pass.

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