Palais des Festivals: Events for Everyone on the Côte d’Azur

Cannes is the celebrity town of the French Riviera and it has become the go-to destination for festivals and events. Despite its relatively small size and population, Cannes’ central position and pretty seaside setting draw hundreds of thousands of industry professionals and sailing enthusiasts alike for a busy calendar of annual events. The place everyone congregates is the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, a convention centre at the western end of the famous Croisette promenade. If you’re flying into the Côte d’Azur for a congress or event, a Nice – Cannes helicopter charter makes it easy to reach all the Palais des Festivals’ events from the airport – in safety and comfort and without the risk of traffic delays.

Cannes Yachting Festival

The next exciting event to take place at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is the Cannes Yachting Festival, which will be held from September 11thto 16th. The world’s best shipyards and brokerages gather to showcase yachts up to 55 metres in length in the bay of Cannes next to the Palais des Festivals. Eventssuch as the Concours d’Elegance will also return to display a unique parade of vintage and modern-day boats.

The show has established itself as one of the most important gatherings in the yachting industry with plenty of yacht debuts, cutting-edge water toys and marine accessories. This year alone there will be 600 boats, including 120 world premieres. Yet there is also a focus on the luxury lifestyle and the Maserati lounge will play an important part at the festival as attendees can view the latest car models from the luxury marque, which is the Festival’s official partner.

Upcoming Palais des Festivals Events

TWFA is the world’s biggest duty-free and travel retail association, and this year its members will meet in Cannes from 30th September to 5th October. Members congregate at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference to attend high-quality exhibitions, conferences and workshops, and to share ideas and network with other professionals working in travel retail. The venue hosts over 3,000 premium brands from duty-free categories, such as cosmetics, fragrances, alcohol and fashion.

Later in October, MIPCOM (Marché International des Contenus Audiovisuels) is the most important trade show for the international broadcasting industry. It brings together industry experts for four days from 15th October 2018 who represent television studios and broadcasters. They use the event as a marketplace to buy and sell new programmes for international distribution as well as a platform for discussing new trends and developments.

A busy schedule of events

The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is a uniquely first-class venue for events from all types of industries. It is most famous for the Cannes Film Festival when the paparazzi and international media descend upon the town each May, hoping to photograph and interview A-list actors and filmmakers on the red carpet while movie fans watch on from TV screens across the globe. People attend premieres while a jury consisting of important filmmakers selects and awards the Palme d’Or, one of the most prestigious prizes in the film industry.

MIDEM is the leading international marketplace for the global music community and takes place in early June every year. The expo features keynote speakers and interviews with record label chiefs, distributors and top-tier executives. It puts a focus on showcasing young artists and promoting the global music community. It has recently introduced new initiatives to support regional industries that have incredible talent and potential.

Hot on the heels of MIDEM, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès hosts Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Taking place for a week in June, Cannes Lions is among the most prestigious events of the advertising industry and attracts ad executives, designers, digital innovators and celebrity guest speakers.

MIPIM (Le Marché International des Professionnels de l’Immobilier) is another Palais des Festivals et des Congrès industry event. Insiders from the international property market meet for four days of networking, conferences and seminars in March. It is the most visited event in the property calendar for different sectors of the real estate market, including architects, construction workers, developers, brokers, agents and business owners. Organisers arrange conferences, awards and a dedicated exhibition area and networking platform.

As you can see, Palais des Festivals eventsappeal to everyone, so which festival are you most interested in attending?