Wendy Mitchell checks out the menu for Alain Ducasse’s opening night dinner at Electrolux’s Agora pavillion in Cannes.

New Cannes top-tier sponsor Electrolux has created an ‘Agora’ pavilion (on the beach near the Palais) for official festival events. The pavilion will host the opening and closing ceremonies, president’s lunches, jury lunches and selected gala dinners.

Tonight’s opening night dinner for 600 guests has been planned by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse and includes tenderloin of veal in gremolata sauce. Sounds a bit better than grabbing a kebab near the train station.

The space will also host the first Electrolux ‘Menu de Cannes’, where gastronomy and lifestyle experts will woo jury members in a competition which will showcase food, design and style. The final will be held on Sunday at 3:30pm.

Electrolux is also hosting a styling suite at the Majestic, where invitees can have their clothes dry cleaned on the spot by some amazing-sounding machines.