Moulin à Images in its Final Year

Moulin à Images in its Final Year

Quebec City decided to put an end to the Moulin à Images by Robert Lepage after summer 2013. Created for Quebec’s 400th anniversary, the show has been presented freely in the Old Port since 2008. The 5 year contract between the municipality and the Ex Machina Company will end September 30th and will not be renewed.

City councillor Yvon Bussières thinks that the agreement should’ve been revised after the 400th. According to him, the costs were too high and the money could’ve easily been used elsewhere. Quebec City was investing $3.5M annually to present this show.

The Moulin à Images has been in a free fall since the beginning. In 2008, an estimated 600,000 people saw the show. In 2012, only 70,000 spectators watched and not half the presentations attracted 1,000 visitors.

Councilor Anne Guérette would like to use the funds allocated for this project for other cultural events which greater benefit Quebec City.

To conclude the Moulin à Images (2008-2013), a completely new version will emerge on the silos in the Old Port. The projection will honour the Candian producer Norman McLaren (1914-1987), whose 100th birthday will be celebrated in 2014.

Quebec City will sell the equipment bought in the past five years or reuse it for other presentations and events.

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LifeinQuebec.com Staff Writer

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