Internet Cat Video Festival returning to Walker this summer


The Internet Cat Video Festival is coming home to the Walker Art Center.

The Pioneer Press says the festival, which celebrates its third anniversary this year, is returning to the Walker on Aug. 14. Admission is free.

Last year's festival was a paid admission event held at the Minnesota State Fair, and more than 11,000 people attended. They took in a couple hours of cat-related banter plus 70 minutes of Internet Cat videos, and saw feline stars such as Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub. The event was moved to the State Fair Grandstand last summer because of construction work at the Walker.

The Walker produced a video about the State Fair event and posted it on YouTube in October.

Minnesota Public Radio has photos from the event.

This summer's festival will return to Open Field – the greenspace adjacent to the Walker – where the first Internet Cat Video Festival was held in 2012. More than 10,000 people gathered for the inaugural event.

According to a press release from the Walker, the 2014 festival will be programmed by cat video producer Will Braden, who is the creator of the "Henri le Chat Noir" videos. The Walker says Braden has hosted several Internet Cat Video Festival tour events, and was the recipient of the Golden Kitty (People's Choice) Award.

The producer of the 2013 festival, Scott Stulen, told ABC news that the appeal of the festival is international because the "material truly transcends languages."

"Japan, Russia and Australia – all produce a lot of cat videos and we tend to get a lot of interest in the videos (at the festival)," Stulen told network.

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