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Festival International des Jeux, the 36th edition evolves into a real games village

The first playful event in France continues its development. Within the Palais des Festivals and outside the walls on the Parvis and the Beach, new spaces of animations, exhibitions and tournaments will offer a unique experience! Everything has been thought so that everyone can fully live the Festival, for a day or a long weekend.

In the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès de Cannes, 2 new exhibition spaces will be added to the 2 existing halls for a total of 24 000 m² of perfectly designed exhibition space. These connected spaces will allow a free circulation of the festival-goers whether they are beginners, initiates or experts. Outside, everything is new! The Festival will offer structures on the beach and the forecourt where public areas will host the latest releases, as well as best-sellers and tournaments. In the centre of the village, food and drink areas will be available throughout the day, punctuated by fun and musical entertainment. To prolong the pleasure of the game, the Nuits du OFF (*1) will extend in a new structure on the beach of the Palais des Festivals from 10 pm to 4 am in free access.

Thus, the festival-goers will be able to live an enriched experience in optimal conditions gathered on 45 000 m².

Ticketing opens on Monday 26 September

The Premium and VIP Passes continue to offer numerous advantages (*2) (prices from €25, limited quantity).

Access to the Festival will be free (*3) for under 16s. Festival-goers aged 16 and over will pay an entry fee (*4) (ticket office opens on 28 September).

For several years now, the Festival has been a professional trade fair, which has become an unmissable event. It is also a precious laboratory of creativity where one can discover the latest trends and also a place of exchange between all the actors of the market who participate in the dynamics of the creative economy.

Professional visitors (authors, publishers, illustrators, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, toy dealers, etc.) will be able to book their accreditation (*5) from Tuesday 11 October (prices from €40).

The Festival's major events in February 2023

- Monday 20th: launch of the Chess and Draughts tournaments

- Wednesday 22nd: launch of the card tournaments - opening of the OFF Nights (Proto night)

- Thursday 23rd: opening of the exhibition to professionals and the press - Golden Ace-Game of the Year 2023 awards evening

- Friday 24 to Sunday 26: opening to the general public, professionals and the press

*1 Nuits du Off: an informal meeting place where, from 10pm until dawn, more than 300 novice or confirmed authors are expected to present their prototypes, which may become the great games of tomorrow

*2 Advantages: "Time's Up" game, special Cannes edition, fast pass, unlimited entries and exits, access to the Golden Ace-Game of the Year Ceremony (cultural label of reference for the best board games).

*3 Free: free entry on presentation of a compulsory entry ticket that can be downloaded from the online ticketing service.

*4 Entry fee: 10€ day ticket or 27€ 3-day ticket

*5 Accreditation: the professional badge allows access to the 4 professional days from 23 to 26 February, access to more than thirty private professional areas by appointment, to use the lounge area to organise your meetings, to attend the award ceremony for the Golden Ace - Game of the Year 2023, to take advantage of a dedicated showroom to test the new products and 2023 previews, to obtain fast pass access to the show from 9:30 am, a free game.

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