Held on the French Riviera for over 75 years, the Cannes Film Festival is not just one of the biggest media events in the world, it’s also the highlight of the city’s social calendar each year. Dedicated to celebrating the very best of the film industry and international cinema, this industry-only event brings over 40 000 visitors to Cannes each May for 10 days, culminating with the prestigious Palme d’Or awards ceremony.
More than just a festival, visitors to the festival can enjoy film screenings, promotional events, master classes given by world-renowned directors and of course a series of awards ceremonies. Always on the cutting-edge of new developments within the industry, Cannes also features an alternative programme which includes International Critics' Week, Directors' Fortnight and the Producers Network events.
Tired of booking the usual villa or throwing the same parties every year?
This year Native Spaces are offering Cannes festival-goers a few hand-picked and extraordinary spaces we’ve chosen for their unique story, design or location. These are properties with that elusive ‘wow’ factor - wonderful places to host events or use as a base during the festival.
What’s more, we’re here to lead you on a pain-free saunter through the logistics. We take care of the myriad of ‘stuff’ - so your only job is to enjoy the festival and the sunshine with complete peace of mind.
Here’s a taster of what we’re talking about:
Ultimate luxury, overlooking Cannes
This amazing villa has a large heated swimming pool, huge gardens, a spa, cinema, wine cellar, you name it…
Cannes - Let your creativity shine
A focal point for the creative communications industry, Cannes has been inspiring artists, writers and storytellers since forever. The ideal setting to showcase projects, host events and network, Cannes is also the perfect place to reset your batteries and get a fresh perspective on life.
Here are a few of our recommendations for the very best creative experiences to enjoy while you’re in town:
Take a masterclass in creativity by enrolling in the Cannes Lions Creative Academy. An exceptional programme overseen by legendary advertising director Bob Isherwood, the Creative Academy is designed to help students achieve their full potential. Attend classroom sessions and workshops lead by some of the biggest creative talent in the world and get full access to all the Cannes Lions talks, events and awards ceremonies. A one-of-a-kind opportunity, why not expand your creative horizons in Cannes.
Capture that Riviera lifestyle and discover hidden Cannes with an exclusive photoshoot shot by American photographer James Pouliot. Based on the Cote d’Azur and specialising in portrait photography, James will introduce you to the authentic side of city life during your trip. Stroll along the Croisette or wind your way through the streets of Le Suquet as James shoots original headshots or photos for your professional portfolio. The perfect location to take unique and memorable images, turn this stunning resort town into your ultimate backdrop.
Hidden away in the streets of Le Suquet, the Association des Beaux Arts in Cannes is a paradise for artists of all genres. Founded in 1902 by Louis Pastour, the association runs art classes in the stunning former Ecole de la Castre which overlooks the Bay of Cannes. Let your imagination run wild in a sculpture workshop or express yourself in watercolours, pastels, oils and more in a private painting class. Lead by the association’s highly-qualified and dedicated art teachers, increase your creativity and open-mindedness at the Association des Beaux Arts.
Take a break from your everyday life and use your time in Cannes to press the pause button with a silent retreat held at the magnificent Lérins Abbey. Located on the tiny island of Saint-Honorat just off the coast of Cannes, the 5th Century Abbey offers mindful meditation set against breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. An increasingly popular way to escape from the modern world, spend a few days in silent contemplation on this glorious island. At the end of your stay, head back to Cannes fully energised and creatively inspired for your next adventure.