But what would Cannes be without the Palais des Festivals? And vice versa, you might ask?
If the two go hand in hand, you can’t come to Cannes without setting foot on one of the 24 most famous steps in the world! It has many other surprises in store.
A rich and eclectic cultural programme animates the place all year round and welcomes the public in its mythical setting.
It is also a major venue for professional meetings where the greatest challenges of tomorrow are decided, with the arrival of international events for over 60 years.
All roads lead to the
Palais des Festivals
Ideally located in the heart of the city, you can’t visit Cannes without seeing the Palais des Festivals!
At the junction of the Croisette and the Old Port, it stands out like a ship in the Cannes landscape.
Its view from the inside offers a breathtaking 360° panorama of the old town of The Suquet and the bay with its Lérins islands.
From the outside, one can admire its contemporary and uncluttered architecture. The mirror effect of the glass panels on the eastern facade offers an artistic perspective that photographers are sure to capture.
The ascent of the steps
But let’s face it, as we approach the Palais, what we want to see most of all are the famous steps. These famous 24 steps dressed in red carpet every year in May during the Cannes Film Festival.
If the stars hog them for a few days a year, the rest of the year they take a break for you.
Yes, access to the steps of the Palais des Festivals is free. You can climb the steps and take photos. However, please note that access is sometimes impossible during certain events. During the Cannes Film Festival you can see the steps but you cannot climb them.
Yes, the red carpet covers the steps all year round, not just during the Festival. Note, however, that access is sometimes impossible during certain events. During the Festival, you can see the steps but you can’t climb them.
At the Palais des Festivals
one Festival can hide another!
Of course, the Palais des Festivals is first and foremost that of the Festival. Intimately linked for more than 75 years, the Palais and the Festival were born and grew up together.
But that’s not all, the Palais des Festivals thrills the public all year round to the sound of live shows and cultural events that bring together enthusiasts from all over the world.
Theatre, concerts, comedy, circus… All the performing arts are performed at the Palais.
Indoors on the mythical stage of the Théâtre Louis Lumière or outdoors on the Terrace with a view over the sea and the old town of The Suquet. The Palais concocts a rich, varied and unexpected programme for you.
First major convention center to opt for the status of “company with a mission“, the Palais deploys its reason for being “Welcoming the world sustainably” around three objectives : Connecting the world, Taking care of people and the environment, Revealing talents.
Today, the Palais is certified ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 18788 (Safety and Security) since 2019 and ISO 20121 (Responsible Event Management) since 2022. Faced with the COVID19 sanitary crisis, the Palais has received the COVID19 BUSINESS READY label, the Ecovid label and the GBAC Star certification.
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