The Cannes Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, world-famous venue for international events, boasting three ISO certifications, just celebrated its 30th anniversary and continues to evolve through a new work program for rehabilitation and beautification of several emblematic spaces. The work will spread over the 2013 – 2014 – 2015 summer periods, when festivals and fairs take a break. But the Palais never sleeps and spruces itself up…
Cannes is the second French city of international trade fairs thanks to a Palais des Festivals et des Congrès among the most efficient in Europe. The Festival de Cannes, the G20 in 2011, Tax Free World Exhibition and prestigious fairs like the MIPTV, MIPCOM, MIPIM, Cannes Lions… are examples of trust long granted to the site and its managing and technical teams.
David Lisnard, Palais des Festivals et des Congrès President, first deputy to mayor of Cannes, explained: “It is indeed necessary to continue to beautify, secure and boost the Palais, economic and social lungs of our city. We thus meet the requirements of the competition by strengthening the international position of Cannes with referenced quality congress spaces, being responsive to customers’ needs.
Since July 1st up to September, the facades of the large auditoriums and the world-famous 24 “Red Carpet” steps are in the works, but the mandated group Eiffage Construction Alpes-Maritimes and various construction trades are also busy within the 30,000 m2 of the exhibition center – out of a total of 80,000 m2 of the building.
The work focuses on the illumination of the facades, the harmonization of the courts and the reconstruction of the red carpet staircase, made this year for the the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière areas and next year for the Debussy Theatre area.
Moreover, the long-awaited renovation of the interior of the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumiere is underway: modernization of access halls (orchestra and balcony foyers) to provide more noble and spacious volumes. In the theater, the replacement of certain facilities (scenography and lighting) will provide a more modern look to the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière at the end of the summer. The 2014 summer will be dedicated to the grounds and the replacement of the 2,309 seats.
In addition, the nine small auditoriums, especially used for Film Market screenings during the Cannes Film Festival will be embellished and their technical facilities improved. Finally, the “organizers verrière” will be expanded with an area of 160 m2 and the 16 organizers officices renovated this year. The top floor of the verrière will count some extra surface of 260 m2 that will be operational in 2014. This noble space with high commercial potential will be developed and marketed in 2015.
The work will also help to further improve accessibility for people with reduced mobility and the security with the creation of a new exit to the balcony of the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière.
Martine Giuliani, CEO of SEMEC said: “The SEMEC, triply certified Quality Safety Environment and recognized ISO 26000 establishment, for his involvement in its exemplary management of its social responsibility, relies today on the renovation program for respond to next years market. If the site is already occupied by professionals almost 300 days per year on average, the teams are determined to develop our offer and increase the use of this leading-edge tool that the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès represents for Cannes and the PACA region “.
The city of Cannes, the site owner and project manager, initiated the renovation project for the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The budget of € 22,718,000 included tax will be distributed in proportional expenditures over the three years. This work is subject to a graduated repayment to the City by the operator (SEMEC) under the contract of public service delegation. The project will thus not be at the expense of the Cannes taxpayer.
The City has also obtained the participation of institutional partners: 35% from the state, particularly in the recovery plan context, 26.3% from the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, and 10% from the Alpes-Maritimes General Council.