Palais des Festivals et des Congrès

The Palais des Festivals et des Congrès (Palace of Festivals and Conferences) is a convention centre in Cannes, France. It is the primary venue for the annual Cannes Film Festival, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the NRJ Music Awards. The building, as known today, was unveiled in 1982.

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.jpg
LocationCannes, France
Coordinates43°33′03.10″N 7°01′02.10″E / 43.5508611°N 7.0172500°E / 43.5508611; 7.0172500
ArchitectSir Hubert Bennett and François Druet (second building)
Opened1949 (first building)
15 December 1982 (second building)
Theatre seating
Enclosed space
 • Exhibit hall floor35,000 square metres (380,000 sq ft)
Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity


The first Palais des Festivals et des Congrès was built in 1949 to host the Cannes Film Festival. The original building was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette, on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. That building previously hosted the 4th and 6th Eurovision Song Contests in 1959 and 1961, respectively.

Palais main entrance (July 2015)

In response to the growing success of the Film Festival and the advent of the first business conventions (such as the MIPTV Media Market in 1965), the City of Cannes decided to build a new Palais in 1979. The new building, a six-story structure designed in the modernist style by the architects Sir Hubert Bennett and François Druet,[1] was constructed on the site of the municipal casino. It opened in December 1982, and was expanded in 1999 with the construction of the Espace Riviera, a new space of 10,000 square metres.

In January of 1992, the Society of Mixed Economy for the Events of the City of Cannes (SEMEC) was created to oversee the Palais. SEMEC was formed from the merger of three non-profit organizations, namely Cannes Tourism, the OMACC and the association Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.


The Palais des Festivals is located at the top of Blvd. de la Croisette, east of the port.[2] The venue proper has an overall area of 35,000 square metres, primarily for exhibitions, as well as numerous rooms plus an additional 18 auditoriums (the largest of which has a capacity of 2,300). It is the venue for the annual international Cannes Film Festival (Festival de Cannes), and possesses "modern and high-tech facilities" for housing conferences throughout the year.[3]


  1. ^ Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, Emporis
  2. ^ Michelin Travel & Lifestyle (1 April 2012). Michelin Green Guide French Riviera. Michelin Travel & Lifestyle. p. 306. ISBN 978-2-06-718258-5.
  3. ^ Marijke de Valck (2007). Film Festivals: From European Geopolitics to Global Cinephilia. Amsterdam University Press. pp. 117–8. ISBN 978-90-5356-192-8.


External linksEdit

  Media related to Palais des festivals et des congrès de Cannes at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by
Preceded by Eurovision Song Contest

Succeeded by