Le Palais, a creator of expertise, knowledge and emotion

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Discover the many facets of this iconic venue.

Since 1983, le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, the great white, glass building on la Croisette, with its breathtaking sea views has been the go-to venue for world-famous business events, shows and festivals.

It hosts an average of 150 events over 320 days a year, generating nearly a billion euros in annual economic spin-offs.

In 2022, it became the first convention center to adopt the status of “société à mission” , with the primary purpose of “The (he)art of sustainable hospitality” by focusing on three pillars: “connecting #Cannes”, “caring for &Cannes” and “revealing @Cannes”.

per year
320occupancy days
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Able to do anything!

An aggregator of expertise, knowledge and emotions

The world has become accustomed to meeting at le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, located in the heart of downtown Cannes, in a picture-postcard setting enhanced by the glittering presence of the Mediterranean Sea.

The world’s leading international trade shows and markets are held here, including the MIPIM (real estate), the Cannes Lions (advertising and communications), the MIPTV or the MIDEM (music). The Festival de Cannes and the world’s biggest movie stars have always shared a common destiny of glamour and culture. Logical. Le Palais is an aggregator of expertise, knowledge and emotions accessible to all.

To make people dream again and again, le Palais also organizes its own events. Audiences love them. Here are just a few: the Festival de la danse, the Pyrotechnic Art Festival, the Le Festival International des Jeux or thee Bal des Fous.

Le Palais, stronger than a Swiss Army knife!

Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is adaptable to all needs and can be transformed for different events. It can change the appearance of the steps, façade and Croisette to match the event. With its varied spaces, modern glass roof and designer interior staircase, it attracts cameras for film shoots, music videos and showcases.

Everything is possible in Cannes. That’s no doubt why the Patrouille de France flew over le Palais several times in 2022, before the eyes of actor Tom Cruise who had come to promote his film Top Gun 2.

So, what will be the next big surprise to surprise you on la Croisette? All bets are off.

Services provided by le palais

Le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes offers a multitude of services to ensure the success of your event. All trades are internalized to guarantee you a tailor-made service with complete follow-up.

All services and benefits of le Palais


Le Palais certified, labeled and recognized!

The skills of le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès teams enable us to obtain all the qualifications needed to hold a leading position in an ultra-competitive market. In order to meet all our customers’ needs and satisfy their most demanding criteria, le Palais is committed to excellence.

First and foremost, it relies on its Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises – Qualité, Sécurité, Environnement (RSE-QSE) policy. It also takes into account sustainable development issues. In 2009, le Palais thus became the first triple-certified European center.

Le Palais, awarded the label of excellence


Creating links in emblematic spaces

at the cutting edge of technology

The makeover session was intense. Over the past decade, le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès has been modernized and embellished. Bright, environmentally friendly, the largest public facility in the Alpes Maritimes, placed under the aegis of SEMEC (on behalf of the city under a public service delegation), has mythical spaces for rent. They are, in their own way, players in the history of the business and cultural worlds.

All spaces are modulable and personalizable. They connect with each other, at the heart of Cannes’ global village, to better… create links between participants, festival-goers and the general public, one of le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès’ raisons d’être.

A committed place

where people come first

Le Palais des Festivals is committed to society. As a company with a mission since 2022, it is committed to sustainably welcoming the world to the heart of the Cannes global village. In particular, this means taking care of others by cultivating the art of welcome, service and ongoing dialogue with business and leisure tourists, but also with employees, partners and the entire Cannes community. And these are not just words!

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©Portrait Jean Michel Arnaud Official Palais
Acting for the planet

“We put a lot of things right with the health crisis. We had to evolve. Today, with current trends, as a tourism destination and the city’s economic lung, we had a duty to think about and act on the environment at a time when decarbonization, biodiversity and sustainability are paramount.

We wanted to set ourselves a simple ambition that we could put into practice, translating le Palais’ mission and what we do every day.

Our raison d’être, “to welcome the world sustainably”, runs through every department. All our employees make it their own.

Our job is to be a little more eco-responsible every day.”

Jean-Michel Arnaud, President of le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

Revealing talents

Another purpose of le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is to reveal talents from around the world.

To achieve this, the teams breathe in “the air of the times” and the currents that flow through it in search of the great names of tomorrow. It is for this reason, inscribed in its history, that le Palais rolls out the red carpet for artists, decision-makers, entrepreneurs, professional organizations and all those who are positively transforming the world.

Highlighting all this talent requires them to be distinguished, in the eyes of the world.

Then there’s nothing like presenting them with prestigious awards such as the Vestale d’Argent (Festival d’Art Pyrotechnique), the famous As d’Or label for board games, the celebrated Palme d’Or, the MIPIM Awards for the real estate sector, the Cannes Lions Awards for the best creations in advertising and communication or the Heavent Awards for the best in events.

Full of missions

The Société d’Économie Mixte des Évènements Cannois (SEMEC) is responsible for managing and operating le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes and the Office du Tourisme. This structure was created in 1992 and invested with a public service delegation.

Did you know? In addition to programme the event and cultural seasons and organe trade shows, le Palais promotes and animates the tourist destination of Cannes.


World capital
of festivals and events

Cannes, recognized as the best world destination for festivals and events, brilliantly won this prestigious title in 2022. The city beat off competition from 12 other renowned international destinations, such as Barcelona, London, Rio de Janeiro and many more. Thanks to its famous Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, which is dedicated to tourism development, Cannes not only raised France’s colors high, but also became the first city in the country to win this award considered as Tourism Oscars.


This international recognition confirms Cannes’ unavoidable role as a leading destination for events and festivities worldwide. The city has also been repeatedly honored for its commitment and creativity. At the France Congrès et Événements awards ceremony in 2019, le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes received the prestigious special prize “Jury’s favorite” for organizing the Congrès des Notaires de France.

In 2019, the promotional video entitled “Acting for Cannes, Acting for you” was awarded first prize at the 12th edition of Tourfilm Riga, surpassing 173 other participating projects. This distinction saluted the creativity and talent of the Cannes teams involved in promoting the destination.

Access to le Palais

Cannes and its Palais, in the heart of la Croisette, along the sea… The location is ideal. To get there, use environmentally-friendly means of transport. Everything is close at hand: hotels, restaurants, beaches and sunshine…

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes

1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes


On site

Bus station

2 mins walk

Railway station

10 mins walk


At 27 km