Major Events

Flagship events

The Cannes Film Festival offers a global visibility to the city. Other major events have punctuated the Cannes events calendar for decades. Pivot of the animation, the Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès shares with the historic district of the Suquet the destination flagship events both for "general and professional public".

Festival de Cannes

The Cannes Film Festival offers a global visibility to the city. Other major events have punctuated the Cannes events calendar for decades. Pivot of the animation, the Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès shares with the historic district of the Suquet the destination flagship events both for "general and professional public".

Each second half of May, the planet vibrates to the rhythm of Cannes. Frenetic, crazy, inordinate, overpopulated, wacky, magical, legendary, everything has been said about the most important Film Festival in the world. Some 30,000 professionals, nearly 5,000 journalists, dozens of stars and future revelations, and a whole city dedicated to the 7th Art. The Cannes Festival is a spotlight on works and filmmakers who would have remained unknown to the general public. Its role in the evolution of the world cinema is determinant.

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International Games Festival

The largest fun and francophone event: traditional games, board games, simulation games, video games, the universe of the game open to all, casual players or real enthusiasts.

All key players from the gaming world, passionate players or the merely curious, are invited to discover the world of gaming at the biggest French speaking gaming event at the Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès !

* Traditional games and great classics
* Board games
* Video games
* Simulation games
* Collection cards…

There’s something for all taste!

Come and enjoy hundreds of parlour games - free access!

Meet the authors, illustrators and publishers of your favourite games, via demonstrations, autograph sessions, tournaments, authors’ corners and publishers' stands, with a host of previews!

> Discover the world of video games in Cannes!

> Participate in dozens of tournaments, demonstrations, beginners' classes in the main classic disciplines of gaming and parlour games!

> Get an introduction to the best games of the moment – award winning games and games of the year, “As d'Or-Jeux de l'Année”. As every year, Cannes will award the best game of the year chosen from new games on the French market that combine creativity, diversity, faultless mechanisms and rules and….a lot of fun for the whole family!

Whether you come alone, with friends or with  your family…whether you play with champion “hard gamers” or are an occasional player...embark on an inter-generational voyage and prepare to share some exciting moments, discovering the richness and diversity of gaming today.
Le Festival International des Jeux in Cannes has a host of surprises for you...

Pyrotechnic Fireworks Festival

Since 1967, the Fireworks Festival is without context the most spectacular event in Cannes. During several dates between July and August, the bay of Cannes is embraced under the sounds and colors of one of the most unique pyromusical display in the world.

It is in the fantastic setting of an open bay between the Iles de Lérins and the Pointe de l’Estérel, in a natural setting and the 400 metre wide and 200 metre high, star bedecked screen of the City of Cinema, that the best pyrotechnicians will come to compete and win before an audience of 200,000 people, their heads craned skywards. This is a meeting of the gods of the world of fireworks.

13th, 21st, 29th JULY - 7th, 15th, 24th AUGUST

International Dance Festival

Another festival in Cannes is biennial and inescapable. This one honors the choreographic for 20 years and reflects the historical relationship of Cannes with the dance. It takes place for 10 days in late November to discover the contemporary creations of large international companies.

Since it's creation in 1984, The Cannes Dance Festival has become one of the world's most prestigious and recognised festivals.

Its existence has built a strong relationship not only with the city of Cannes, but also with the dance world, due to the inauguration of the International Dance Academy in 1961: "Rosella Hightower".

Since 1993, this biannual Festival has built its identity around numerous creations centered around contemporary dance, presenting new talents and innnotive works of many international Dance Companies.

Choreographer and Manager of the National Ballet of Marseille, Frédéric Flamand, was promoted in 2011 as the New Artistic Director of the Cannes Dance Festival. In 2011 the theme of the Festival was based on "Modern Myths", however this year the Festival will be focused on "Tracks and Reflections". This programme incorporates a lot of detailed and sense-orientaded creation, and points at a strong stylistic and technical evolution in international contemporary choreography.

What Team Festival has to offer :
. Festival awareness building to the public (through schools, associations, CE, dance schools, etc ...)
. Master classes for those who wish to deepen their practice through workshops led by the scheduled choreographers and dancers of style festival.
. Meetings and discussions with artists and choreographers.
. A themed seminar with leading international researchers organised by the Dance Section of the Department of Arts, at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis.
. Movie sessions, workshops, conferences, etc ...

For more information : Agathe Castelain – – Phone: +33 (0)4 92 99 33 96

Musical Nights of the Suquet

In July, the appointment of reference to the classic stage: prestigious orchestras, artists and young prodigies revisit the large directory on the square of the church Our Lady of Hope in Le Suquet.

Created in 1975 by the pianist Gabriel Tacchino, under the artistic management of Bernard Oheix since 2011, the “Musical Nights du Suquet” musical evening are a real institution in the world of classical music.

Orchestras, musicians, soloists, and young talents meet every summer in the historical part of Cannes, near the church of Notre Dame de l’Espérance, to offer exceptional concerts, recitals, meetings and new creations. From Mozart to Chopin… strings, violins or pianos, all the best musicians are present every year in the Le Suquet open-air space.

The program is both classical and surprising and this festival will please those who appreciate classical music with a touch of modernity.

Bernard Oheix –

Cannes Yachting Festival

In early September, the Old Port and the Port Canto are the showcase to the world of boating. Another dimension of the luxury in Cannes for this Cannes Yachting Festival renowned for its worldwide previews.

Royal Regattas

This prestigious nautical event sets in the notoriety of Cannes to the whole world since the 20’s, long before the cinema.


French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes

Since its creation in 2008, 14,000 competitors have signed up each year to run the unique course along the French Riviera coastline from the iconic Promenade des Anglais in Nice to finish on the world famous Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes.

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The largest International Real Estate Market which gathers in March featuring the most influential actors of the sector.


Each autumn, the International Audiovisual Market is held at the Palais des Festivals. Leaders of television and stars of the small screen, all meet in Cannes for a large-mass media.


Created in 1964, the International Market for Television Programs audiovisual professionals gather in April each year with more and more stars of the small and large TV screen.


International Music Market, the Midem is the great annual gathering of professionals in the sector. Coup of young in 2014: organized since 1967 at the end of January, the Midem is now inserted early June between two other flagship events, the Cannes Film Festival and the Cannes Lions. It is also today a festival partially accessible to the general public with live concerts.

Cannes Lions

Another business meeting of great magnitude, the Cannes Lions or the international Festival of creativity meets every year in June the advertisers of the world.

Tax Free World Exhibition

TFWA is the annual international meeting for the professionals of Duty Free. This unique event in the world gathers more than 3,000 prestigious trademarks and is held in October.

International Luxury Travel Market

Showcase of luxury. Cannes welcomes at the end of November for 14 years the international tourism and luxury travel. This event features the highest concentration in the world of top quality travel professionals.

NRJ Music Awards

Created by the radio station of the same name, the NRJ Music Awards reward in December the French and international artists who have been the hot music topic of the year.

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