CP - Cannes launches its cultural and events programme for summer 2023

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The City of Cannes and its Palais des Festivals et des Congrès offer a host of events throughout the summer season, accessible to all, around exhibitions, concerts, festivals, film screenings and workshops for little ones, among many more. For summer 2023, as well as our must-see events like the Pyrotechnic Art Festival, Squares Dansants, Ciné Quartier, Nocturnes Cannoises or the feasts of our patron saints, Cannes continues to innovate with Les 7 Plages Capitales: a series of free activities, entertainment and leisure all imagined around sport, well-being and environmental protection. The result: a new cultural and event offering for everyone to enjoy Cannes to the fullest, in total freedom.



All summer long, the City of Cannes offers a variety of events to kick back and enjoy quality time with family or friends. From La Bocca to the city centre, everyone can take full advantage of their free time and leave with some beautiful memories.

  • Our patron saints' feasts offer the opportunity to discover the wealth of Cannes and Provence's cultural heritage. As such, for the Feast of Saint-Jean on Saturday 17 June at 20:00, the City of Cannes offers the public a cabaret show in the courtyard of the Eugène Vial school. For the Feast of Saint-Cassien on Saturday 22 July at 21:00, Liane Foly presents a concert in the Butte de Saint-Cassien. The Feast of Saint-Sauveur takes place on Saturday 5 August at 21:00 in the courtyard of the Mont Chevalier school. To get the public dancing, the Emile et Images group hit the stage with some 80s hits.
  • Discover the Music Festival on Wednesday 21 June 2023. Various musical events take place throughout the city from 18:30: Allées de la Liberté, Place de l'Etang, Marché Forville, Place du Marché in La Bocca, Moulin Forville, the Grand Large, Port Pierre Canto and Place Commandant Maria.
  • Pages à la plage returns to Zamenhof Beach. Open to the public from Saturday 1 July to Saturday 26 August 2023 from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 17:45. Cannes authors take centre stage on Sunday 2 July 2023 from 09:30 to 12:00 in a moment of sharing around their works. The Accroche-cœur story-telling show is also organised for little ones from 16:00 on the same day.
  • On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July 2023, a new public event arrives in Cannes, entitled Les 7 Plages Capitales. Discover a series of free activities, entertainment and leisure to take full advantage of the seaside and its beaches. Various top-quality events are offered, accessible to all, such as musical siestas, a film screening, fun workshops for children and an evening with music groups. Full programme available on www.cannes.com .
  • For another year running, Ciné-quartier presents a great selection of family-friendly and mainstream films, screened on the forecourt of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and on the La Bocca Place du Marché from 2 July to 31 August 2023. Two screenings are also organised on Macé beach on Sunday 2 July and on Place de la Castre on Friday 25 August 2023. For this 16th edition, nine free outdoor sessions are offered from 22:00 (doors open 21:00) around cult films like Asterix & Obelix: The Middle Kingdom by Guillaume Canet, The Swimming Pool with Alain Delon, Romy Schneider and Maurice Ronet or Alibi.com 2.
  • The Nocturnes Cannoises evening events return from 4 July to 31 August 2023, on Tuesdays on the Esplanade Panteiro, on Wednesdays on the La Bocca Place du Marché and on Thursdays on the Boulevard Jean Hibert, from 19:00 to midnight for a craft market where local products and decorative objects come together with all the sweetness of a summer evening.
  • For lovers of dance, head to the Squares Dansants. Rock, waltz, tango and salsa: locals and visitors alike are invited to feel the rhythm in an idyllic setting in the heart of the Square de Verdun on the Boulevard de la Croisette from 20:30 on Wednesdays 5 and 19 July, as well as on 2 and 16 August 2023.
  • On Friday 7 July 2023 from 16:30 to 19:30 on Place Commandant Maria, "Notre quartier en fête" also offers a range of cultural, sporting and leisure workshops for families. On the programme: inflatable structures, trampoline, giant wooden games, circus games, sports introductions, creative workshops and workshops to raise awareness of selective sorting and composting. As part of this operation, the Romain Gary Library and Media Library invites the public to take part in a workshop creating a fresco based on Picasso's drawing of the dove of peace. This demonstration, much adored by families, will return on Wednesday 19 July from 18:00 to 21:00 at the Coulée Verte de Ranguin, Friday 11 August 2023 from 18:00 to 21:00 on Place Roubaud and Friday 15 September from 16:30 to 19:30 on Place Commandant Maria.
  • For its 4th edition, the Villa Jamel Comedy Club once again offers the chance to discover the troupe's latest talents. From Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 August 2023 in the gardens of the Noailles Media Library, comedians take to the stage one after the other to make us laugh out loud with their jokes and sketches. These four evenings featuring DJ sets and various other happenings have been designed around laughter and conviviality.
  • The Parade Fleurie flower parade, a Boccassian event that's always a hit with families, returns on the occasion of the Feast of Saint-Barthélemy. Flower-filled floats parade along Avenue Francis Tonner on Sunday 13 August 2023 from 21:00 to offer spectators a truly awe-inspiring experience around the theme of space exploration.


Until Friday 10 November 2023, the City of Cannes offer six exhibitions at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the Museum of World Explorations, the Museum of the Iron Mask and the Royal Fort, the Suquet des Artistes, the Villa Domergue and in the streets of Cannes as the public is invited to discover works of art, photographs or sculptures, by ancient or contemporary artists. What's more, thanks to the Pass Expo 2023, visitors and residents of Cannes can access paid exhibitions for just 12 euros.

  • Cannes fait le mur « Avoir 20 ans sur la Croisette » : until Thursday 31 August 2023, the City of Cannes and Paris Match present "Cannes fait le mur", an exhibition of large-format photographs of film personalities to be discovered throughout the city. For this 20th edition, the theme is "Avoir 20 ans sur la Croisette!" [20 years old on La Croisette!]. It pays tribute to celebrities of the seventh art photographed in Cannes in their twenties.
  • Min Jung-Yeon, Effluves d’un temps éphémère : the artist Min Jung Yeon is fascinated by questions of intimacy. Her works (drawings, paintings and installations, etc.) question her cultural and symbolic heritage, born in the South Korea and now living in Toulon. She finds inspiration both in the architecture that surrounds her and in Korean shamanism rituals. Her work is presented at the Suquet des Artistes until 3 September 2023.
  • Chamanes. Dialogues avec l’invisible : designed for a wide audience, this exhibition offers a captivating immersion in the mysterious and confusion world of the shaman, a central figure of many traditional societies, from Saturday 1 July to Friday 10 November 2023 at the Museum of World Explorations. The exhibition presents a global panorama of shamanic practices. The hundred and fifty works of art and objects on display – rigorously selected and accompanied by rich iconographic and audiovisual content – evoke the key regions of shamanism (Siberia, the Arctic, the Amazon and the Himalayas), as well as some lesser-known geographical areas (Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Islamic world), together with the natural environment, the realm of spirits and invisible forces. In particular, the exhibition itinerary is punctuated by several 'experiential' installations that help stimulate the visitor's imagination and raise questions.
  • Prisonniers en terre d’exil. L’île Sainte-Marguerite au temps de la conquête de l’Algérie, 1841-1884 : upon the initiative of David Lisnard, the City of Cannes launched a project to study and develop the Muslim cemetery located on the Île Sainte-Marguerite in 2019. Guided by a desire for historical recognition, this project has made it possible to raise public awareness of the site's heritage, memory and symbolic importance, as well as to highlight its exceptional history. The exhibition, presented from Saturday 8 July to Sunday 29 October 2023 at the Museum of the Iron Mask and the Royal Fort forms part of this sustainable project to shed new light on Franco-Algerian history and Cannes' heritage. The five themed rooms are punctuated by several artistic installations and contemporary works, created as part of two artists' residencies by the illustrator Jacques Ferrandez and the photographer and author Franck Pourcel, specialists in Algeria and Mediterranean cultures.
  • Romy Schneider, l’exposition : from Tuesday 11 July to Sunday 27 August 2023 at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, the Pop-Up Museum of Cinema returns for an 8th edition dedicated to Romy Schneider. 40 years after her death, this actress is still much adored and very popular today. This exhibition is therefore an opportunity to give her back her voice. An attempt to revive her through her roles, as well as through her texts, interviews and diary, thanks to behind-the-scenes footage, where we find her as vibrant and cheerful as ever, always so passionate about her work.
  • From Friday 7 July to Monday 18 September 2023, the exhibition Jean-Gabriel et Odette DOMERGUE à Cannes pays tribute to the Domergues, who breathed life into the artist spirit of Cannes in the 20th century, and presents their work to the general public in their former home: the Villa Domergue. Designer of the first Cannes' festival poster in 1939, this painter retained a firm link with the city of Cannes throughout his life. Odette, on the other hand, was a talented sculptor awarded the Arduin Prize (rewarding the School of Fine Arts' best students) and the Gallimard Joubert Prize for her bronze masks. Upon their deaths, they bequeathed the Villa Domergue – a listed historical monument, along with its gardens – and its contents to the city.


Summer 2023 is marked by a great diversity of events, kicking off on 30 June with a fantastic dose of humour and the Big Perf gala. The famous Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival also illuminates the Bay of Cannes with six firework shows in July and August. The Plages Électroniques, an unmissable summer event, presents a prestigious programme for its beach festival: DJ Snake, Lomepal, Ofenbach and many more. In an exceptional location, the panoramic terrace of the Palais des Festivals hosts three concerts by international artists. Young talents are also honoured during a classical music festival.

  • Big Perf Cannes : from Wednesday 28 June to Thursday 1 July 2023, this event returns to Cannes for its 44th edition. Now produced by the teams of Montreux Comedy, the festival reinvents itself with a focus on the professionals of comedy writing, with the presence of international artists. On the programme: Quebecker Mike Ward's show for the last date of his European tour, a masterclass in comedy writing and a Gala Stand-up 'Montreux Comedy - Cap au Sud'  presented by eight comedians.
  • Thursday 13 July at 21:00, for the first event of the "Terasse du Palais concerts" the French pop-rock group Phoenix present their latest album, Alpha Zulu, as well as returning to some of their biggest hits like Lisztomania, If I Ever Feel Better or 1901. Zaho de Sagazan, singular author, composer and performer takes to the stage in the first half. At 21:00 on Wednesday 19 July, singer-songwriter Mika presents an exceptional performance, including some excerpts from his future album, alongside his greatest hits. For the first half of the concert, the singer Alexia Gredy presents her very first album, Hors Saison – located somewhere poetry and melancholy.
  • On Saturday 15 July 2023 at 20:30, the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès presents Eastwood Symphonic, a son's tribute to his father: an actor, director and musician. Kyle and his quintet join the Cannes National Orchestra to offer a rich and emotional interpretation of Clint Eastwood's film scores, under the masterful direction of conductor Gast Waltzing. Iconic film soundtracks from 1964 to 2009 follow one after the other. This concert sets to music the fusional relationship between two arts that share a great strength of evocation and emotional power, as well as between two artists who, beyond a family bond, share a passion of cinema and music.
  • The Young Talents Festival returns from Tuesday 4 to Friday 7 July 2023 on Place de la Castre in Le Suquet. For this second edition, 12 artists selected from the winners of such prestigious international competitions as the Geneva International Music Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and the Maurice André Competition in Paris come together to offer four exceptional evenings. After three soloist concerts on 4, 5 and 6 July, this second edition will end with the participation of the Cannes National Orchestra. Enjoy the opportunity to discover and appreciate promising musicians in an enchanting setting.
  • A keenly awaited event every year, the Pyrotechnic Art Festival will illuminate the Bay of Cannes from Friday 14 July 2023. The Norwegian Northstar Fireworks company will launch the competition held on 14, 21 and 29 July, and on 8, 15 and 24 August 2023. The winners of the Vestale d'Argent and the jury prize of the three previous editions return to Cannes to compete for the coveted Vestale d'Or trophy.
  • The Chère Ukraine association, in collaboration with the Palais des Festivals and the City of Cannes, invites the Ballet of the National Orchestra of Ukraine for two charity performances of the show "Don Quichotte" on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 July 2023 at 20:30, at the Grand Auditorium. This operation aims to promote Ukrainian artists and raise money for victims of the conflict in their country. Proceeds from the performances will be donated to United24's 'Rebuild Ukraine' programme and to the MASHA foundation, which helps children affected by war.
  • This year, the famous Plages Électroniques have opted for a rich and varied programme to reach a wide audience. The world's biggest headliners, like DJ Snake, Lomepal, Hamza, Ofenbach or Armin Van Buuren will take the stage from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 August on the beach and terrace of the Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.


As well as the programme detailed above, the City of Cannes offers entertainment for children, tours of neighbourhoods, workshops around current exhibitions and a host of other artistic and cultural events to learn while having fun.

  •  In a setting conducive to relaxation and reverie, the network of media libraries offers a mix of relaxing and ethereal music on Sunday 2 July from 14:00 to 18:00, focused on well-being, meditation, relaxation and inner travel.
  •  At the Museum of the Iron Mask and the Royal Fort, young and old alike are invited to a treasure hunt to try to uncover the name of the mysterious masked prisoner on Tuesday 11 July 2023. Departing from Quai Laubeuf for Île Sainte-Marguerite at 09:50.
  • On Wednesdays 12 and 26 July 2023 at 10:00, the Noailles Media Library invites children to a film screening followed by a discussion.
  • Around the Chamanes. Dialogues avec l'invisible exhibition: the Museum of World Explorations organises a tour and games workshop all about totem animals. A guide helps everyone discover their totem animal and then draw it on a pebble, to make a talisman.


The full programme of events can be found on the websites www.cannes.com and www.palaisdesfestivals.com

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