The Bright Lights of Cannes

Text: Sage Lejeune

Known more for its glitzy annual film festival that attracts Hollywood’s biggest names, Cannes has long been a holiday hideout for the rich and famous. Find out why this town in the French Riviera continues to have a star-studded guest list.

Cannes Film Festival

Known in french as simply ‘Festival de Cannes’ and formerly known as the ‘Festival international du film’ prior to 2002, the Cannes Film Festival stands apart from those around the world by focusing on new films of all genres from every country. The festival is held every year, usually in May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

The history of the festival goes back to 1923, but really took shape in 1947 when the “Festival du film de Cannes” took place. It featured films from sixteen countries, with a jury made up of only one representative from each country to ensure fairness. Today, the festival is an important showcase for films all over the world, often placing a country’s film industry onto the world stage. Private parties and other film screenings are also popular during this time, as movie stars and producers use the festival’s pull to launch their films worldwide. In 2017, Festival de Cannes celebrates its 70th Anniversary from May 17 to 28.

Promenade de la Croisette

This long three-kilometre beach road runs through Cannes dotted by palm trees and pines. The Promenade is the perfect place to see a mix of the city and azure ocean.

Le Suquet (Old Town)

Wander the winding narrow paths of Le Suquet to get a sense of old world charm in Cannes. Away from the luxury hotels and beach goers, explore this area for a bit and find Musée de la Castre, the old castle with concerts that take place during summer. Those looking for unique souvenirs should also stop b Marché Forville, the old market where you can find everything from antiques to gourmet food.

Getting to Cannes

THAI Airways flies to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, where you can easily get a connecting flight to Aéroport Nice de Côte d’Azur in Nice. Frequent trains run from from Nice to Cannes.