- The Minister of Culture announced that they could soon reopen their counters provided they are played outdoors, with 5,000 spectators maximum and especially seated at a good distance.
- The Palais des Festivals consider all possibilities for the resumption of the congress activity, including by offering spaces in the open air.
For music festivals, the end of the tunnel would be soon, dixit Roselyne Bachelot. With the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 epidemic, the Minister of Culture announced that they could soon reopen their counters provided they are played outdoors, with 5,000 spectators maximum and especially seated at a good distance. Rules that could also apply to conventions? In Cannes, the second city of trade shows in France, “we are still waiting for a sign” to restart the machine.
Deprived of most of its meetings last year, the Palais des Festivals has already had to postpone the Mipim, the Cannes Film Festival, CanneSeries and do without MipTV this year. “The mayor David Lisnard, who is also the president of the France congress and event association, is active in requesting the reopening of the centers, explains to 20 Minutes Jean-Michel Arnaud, the president of the palace. But, for the moment, we are still in the regulatory incapacity to do so. So you have to be prepared for all eventualities.
Screenings under the stars for the Cannes Film Festival?
Until being able to offer open-air conferences? “We do this regularly for several events and our terrace, where festivals with 1,500 spectators will also be played, can be used in different configurations”, continues Jean-Michel Arnaud. Regularly, structures are set up around the convention center. “In Cannes, we have the advantage of a rather good weather, he notes. Everything is possible. We make ourselves available to our customers. “
Until imagining projections of the Cannes Film Festival under the stars? Canceled in May 2020, the high mass of the cinema was entitled in October to three days of in extremis screenings on the Croisette, before the re-containment and the closure, once again, of the dark rooms. Staggered between July 6 and July 17 this year, could the event compose outdoors? Or would this eventuality be science fiction? “Anything is possible”, we repeat in the aisles of the convention center. As for the festival, we cannot imagine it yet. “We are still very far from the dates of the festival. It is far too early to make plans on directives that may still change ”, we note.
Hybridization, digitalization and certifications
While waiting for firmer directives from the government, the palace continues to work on “a tool for hybridizing conferences”, to mix face-to-face and distance and offer participants “the digitization of content”, specifies Jean-Michel Arnaud. “We are also multiplying the steps to be fully developed in terms of health security”, assures the manager. By increasing the number of certifications in particular. Latest: the GBac star facility. “Already issued to the largest convention centers in the United States”, according to the palace, it has just been “for the first time allocated to a convention center in France”.
What would encourage the government to loosen certain restrictions? In any case, there is an emergency according to David Lisnard. “The resumption of activity at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is essential for the survival of the economic fabric of our region and beyond,” he says. Last year, the health crisis deprived the city of Cannes and its socio-professionals of 700 million fewer benefits, according to Jean-Michel Arnaud.