Cannes’ annual fireworks festival (festival d’art pyrotechnique) has become one of the best of its kind, as well as having being one of the first. The participants present complete shows in July and August: fireworks on the water fired from barges in the Bay of Cannes, to the strains of music with a background text, all structured around a theme.
Each of the six performances of this Festival is attended by some 200,000 spectators on La Croisette, with the hotels often hosting receptions to view them from their rooftops. Boats can also be rented to view the shows from the bay itself.
It’s advisable to check and follow the traffic and transport recommendations on the night itself. Cannes is a small town with narrow streets. Getting to and from viewing spots can be very difficult.
Every year, the winner of the event receives a Vestale d’argent awarded by a jury, which bases its judgement on the originality of the theme and the elements presented, the staging, the quality of the musical illustration, the synchronization, colours, firing cadence and the general rhythm as well as the construction of the programme. Firms from all over the world vie to obtain this peerless recognition by professionals and the public. Concerts are also organised on the night.
Firework shows in Cannes for 2020:
Given the current measures around coronavirus, the authorities in Cannes have cancelled the 2020 edition of the firework. They hope to run it again in 2021.