The city of Cannes has applied for the title of French Capital of Culture in 2022 against other cities that include Brest and La Rochelle. The title comes with a prize of €1 million and is based on a series of criteria including innovation and an international aspect.
The theme chosen by Cannes is From Islands to Cinema, Cannes Explores the World. “There are preconceptions about Cannes, but this application is about putting a spotlight on our cultural dynamism, and strengthening our tourist appeal,” says Maud Boissac, Director of Cultural Affairs. “It also brings back optimism to a sector that has been severely weakened by the crisis.”
A capital in two sections
In concrete terms, the project to become the French capital of culture involves two contrasting sections. International artists will explore the theme of isolation and the dream archipelago on the islands of Lérins. This resonates with the current containment and also with the long-term presence of a monastery.
On land, not surprisingly, cinema will be everywhere. The whole city will be scripted to create a gigantic open-air stage. This will involve mapping and sound systems in the streets, interviews with filmmakers projected on the facades, an exhibition on the history of the Cannes Film Festival and its staging at the Palais, screenings, dinners, street theatre and shows in every district of the city.