Internet Cat Video Festival meowsing to the Gardens!
Myriad Botanical Gardens to Bring Walker Art Center’s acclaimed Internet Cat Video Festival to OKC
Saturday, July 26
Internet Cat Video Festival presented by Tinker Federal Credit Union
Pre-show fun starts at 7 p.m.; Movie screens at 9 p.m.
Great Lawn, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Curated, compiled and edited by the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Internet Cat Video Festival has been lauded by NPR, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and others. It is a raucous, 75-minute romp through the Internet’s finest cat video offerings and it brings thousands of people together each time it’s shown. Experience the joy of a surprised kitten or keyboard cat together. Gather in real time to enjoy one of the Internet’s most popular phenomena.
The screening of the film will begin at 9 p.m., but grab the family, put on your whiskers, and arrive at 7 p.m. to enjoy the pre-screening festivities complete with food trucks, live music, Coop Ale Works, an array of official ICVF merchandise for purchase, painting activities provided by Pinot’s Palette, ice cream, face painting, and a pre-show live band provided by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.
A HUGE meow-out to our collaborators, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Downtown OKC, Inc. and the Arts Council of Oklahoma City.
The Internet Cat Video Festival is touring the country and each location it visits adapts it slightly. Most locations charge a fee for patrons to enjoy the show, however thanks to Tinker Federal Credit Union, the Myriad Botanical Gardens leg of the tour will be free to the public.
Pre-show activities include a band, provided by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City along with food and drink, face painting, and cute Internet Cat Video Festival merchandise to purchase.
This celebration of the world’s most aloof and vaguely narcissistic house pet is not about cat videos, it’s about watching cat videos together. A fine distinction well worth making.
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 its 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.
2014 Internet Cat Video Festival Tour:
March 9, SXSW, Austin, TX
March 13, Zinema 2, Duluth, MN
September 21, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA