The Walker brings the Internet Cat Video Festival back to its origins as a free community event at Open Field on August 14, 2014. This year’s Internet Cat Video Festival will be programmed by cat video producer Will Braden, creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos. Braden has hosted several Cat Video Festival tour events and received the first Golden Kitty (people’s choice) Award.
Information about video submissions and event details will be announced in the spring.
A Brief History of the Internet Cat Video Festival
In August 2012, the Walker Art Center planned a small experiment as part of its outdoor summer programming on Open Field, the green space adjacent to the building. What if there was an evening program dedicated to the Internet phenomenon of cat videos? Would anyone come to watch videos what they could easily view with a few clicks at home or work? How would this solo hobby translate to a public setting?
Word of the program quickly spread internationally via social media and the press, including coverage as varied as the New York Times, the BBC, Japanese television, Australian talk shows, Brazilian newspapers, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Cat Fancy, Slate, Time, CHEEZburger, and many more. The result was 10,000 people gathered on Open Field enjoying the first Internet Cat Video Festival—together.
The overwhelming success of the event has led to tours of the program and last summer the Walker presented the second installment of the festival to an even larger crowd at the Minnesota State Fair.
Rachel Joyce, Assistant Director, Public Relations
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