Sesqui – Scaled Back
Prince George, B.C. -It’s been over a year since Mayor and Council for the City of Prince George agreed to pony up $50 thousand in cash, or in-kind donations to have the multi media Canada 150th travelling show “Sesqui” arrive in Prince George.
Well, ‘Sesqui’ is still coming, but it is far from the grand project first pitched.
Initially, Sesqui was to be a multi-domed, interactive multi- media experience that was to be set up in the CN Centre parking lot. It was designated a “Signature Sesquicentennial event” by the Federal Government which described the event in a news release as “an interactive festival experience that will travel to communities across Canada in 2017. The festival will be housed in a portable village of dome structures, including an immersive digital space that will host live events, interactive programs and a cutting edge 360° film experience.”
But, Federal funding for the project dried up and the event was officially cancelled last fall. While the City had committed to the cash/in-kind cost, no cheques had been written, so the City was not out any money.
Well, Sesqui is coming after all, but has been significantly downsized. It is now a screening of the 360 degree film “Horizon” in a blow up media dome the folks behind Sesqui have attained through a partnership with the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. The dome will be set up inside the Prince George Public Library.
The City’s Civic Events Coordinator, Jen Tkachuk says Sesqui’s visit will coincide with the BMO Kids Art Days on July 7th and 8th “It will be on the second floor ( of the library) in the adult paperback section. The bookshelves are on wheels so we are actually able to move that and create a big nice open space where we can place the dome.”
The scaled down version still has a price tag, with the City contributing a little under $7 thousand dollars says Tkachuk “We are essentially just paying for the cost of bringing up the dome and the HR MacMillan staff, so it’s a fraction of the price of what the original contract was”
Tkachuk says the inflatable dome is “Pretty phenomenal. It can hold 25 to 35 people and you can get fully immersed. It has all the sound and technology inside, it has come to Prince George in the past and I have heard it is a really positive experience. The film itself, I have heard, is absolutely phenomenal.”
The film has been billed a ‘visual symphony of Canada’ featuring coast to coast to coast images. Below is a trailer for the film:
“I think this still a very exciting way for this film to come to Prince George” says Tkachuk “even though the larger logistical one didn’t work out through their funding through the Federal Government. I really think this an exciting thing that I hope will be embraced by locals and that lots of people go and check it out.”
There is no cost to see the film.