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Discover our 2023 Cannes fireworks guide

The Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival has been a beloved event since its inception in 1998. The festival has grown in popularity over the years, attracting visitors from all over the world to witness the pyrotechnic magic. 

This spectacular festival takes place annually during summer, drawing in spectators each night who gather along the boulevard de la Croisette to witness the show. The 400-meter seafront serves as the perfect backdrop for this stunning display of pyrotechnic artistry. 

The Cannes Fireworks Festival is a world-renowned event that attracts visitors from all over the globe. Its history dates back to 1967, when the prestigious Ruggieri company and the town of Cannes came together to create an international competition among the best pyrotechnicians of the time. This event was an instant hit among the residents and visitors of Cannes, who were mesmerized by the dazzling display of fireworks set off from barges anchored in the bay.

The festival was not just about fireworks; it was also a musical and choreographed event that followed a symbolic theme. This new concept was a huge success and became the foundation for the Cannes Fireworks Festival. Over the years, the festival has evolved, but the performances by the pyrotechnicians have only become more spectacular and innovative, cementing its status as one of the most prestigious pyrotechnic events in the world.

The Cannes Pyrotechnic Art Festival features a musical battle of epic proportions, with six guest countries competing against each other in one of the most renowned international competitions of its kind. These countries vie for the coveted Silver Vestal, which earns them the right to compete in the prestigious Gold Vestal every four years. The festival is a celebration of the art of pyrotechnics and a showcase of the extraordinary talent of the participating countries.

How long do the Cannes fireworks last?

Here are some Each show attracts more than 100,000 spectators and lasts an average of 30 minutes. 

When do the fireworks take place in Cannes?

Fireworks usually start at 22:00.

  • 14 July: Northstar Fireworks (Norway)
  • 21 July : Rozzi (United-States)
  • 29 July: Jost (Austria)
  • 8 August: Lux Factory (France)
  • 15 August: Grand Final (France)
  • 24 August : Sugyp (Switzerland)

Where to view the Fireworks Festival?

You can see the fireworks from anywhere along the Croisette, but somewhere in the centre near the Palais Stephanie is probably the best view.

We also offer all inclusive firework day charter package on boat starting from Cannes: contact us for more information.

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