A Paw-sitively Purr-fect Cat Festival

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Photo courtesy Walker Art Center.

Photo courtesy Walker Art Center.

Internet Cat Video Festival Aug. 6  Myriad Botanical Gardens 

The twenty-first century has revolutionized technology, and with those advances comes plenty of niche online interests. At the forefront of these oddities is the legendary cat video, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis capitalized on this online obsession with their Internet Cat Video Festival, which began in 2012.

“A former member of our education staff, Katie Hill, planned it as a small event to conclude our outdoor summer programming,” says Rachel Joy, the assistant director of public relations for the Walker Art Center. But a small event it was not, as the festival has grown over the past few years in a momentous way.

“Audiences started at 10,000 and grew to 14,000,” she says.

The festival will makes its way to Oklahoma City this August. The videos themselves will be compiled into a 75-minute cat-filled extravaganza, with videos spanning from six-second Vines to short films. Joy says the videos will cover the “full spectrum – from drama to comedy.”
There are several activities to enjoy before the show like food trucks and live music. Plenty of avid cat-lovers dressed up in feline gear will also be roaming around before the screening.

The show will be located on the Big Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City on Aug. 6. Pre-screening festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, go to walkerart.org.

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