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Cannes Dance Festival, Cannes

One of the most prestigious dance festivals in the world

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Celebrated every two years, this festival showcases mainly contemporary dancing, inviting not only internationally renowned companies, but also new and promising talents. Since 2009, it offers free rein to a big name in the dancing world to create their own personal programme.

Created in 1984, the Cannes Dance Festival is another expression of the city's close relationship with the dancing world, especially after the opening in 1961 of the 'Centre de Danse Rosella Hightower'.

For the 2015 and 2017 editions, the artistic direction has been left in the hands of Brigitte Lefévre, director of the Paris Opera Ballet until 2014. 2015 will see acts performed by the National Dance Company of Korea, the 'Ecole de Danse de l'Opera de Paris', or the National Dance Company of Spain among many others.

For a full programme and to purchase tickets, please check the website. Most of the shows take place at the Palais des Festivals.

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The centre of Cannes offers a whole host of restaurants from fresh seafood, traditional French and Provencal dishes, through to modern Italian and Michelin quality.

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Sights nearby

The historical old town of Le Suquet is home to the Castre Museum and the church of Notre-Dame de l'Esperance, both of which offer insights into the long history of the town. Along the infamous Croisette you will also find several art galleries, including the beautiful building and gallery of La Malmaison.

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Things to Do nearby

Tourist trains, boat trips and cycling tours offer you the perfect chance to enjoy the sights and scenery of Cannes. If you are looking for a little more adventure then there are also plenty of watersports on offer.

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Event Details


Palais des Festivals

Dates for this event


  • Address
  • Boulevard de la Croisette
  • 06400