Internet Cat Video Festival set for Fargo on Sept. 4

Fargo CatVidFest posterCurated, compiled and edited by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Internet Cat Video Festival is a raucous, 75-minute romp through the Internet’s finest cat video offerings. Appearing at the Fargo Theatre on Sept. 4, the Festival is presented by Plains Art Museum. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for prescreening events and the show starts at 7 p.m.  Admission is $8 for adults/teens and $6 for children 12 and under. Join the event on Facebook

The evening will feature artist-led activities, Festival items for sale, a cat costume/attire contest, and a special short screening of Fargo-area feline videos called Valley Cats. Homeward Animal Shelter is a sponsor of the event and will host a booth on pet adoption.

Scott Stulen will DJ and emcee. Stulen curated and produced the first Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker in 2012, and is now with the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Since the Walker initiated the touring show in 2013, the Festival has drawn thousands of people together at selected venues from New York to Los Angeles, and dozens of sites in between.

“We’re so excited to bring this cultural phenomenon to Fargo,” says Colleen Sheehy, director and CEO of Plains Art Museum. “The Cat Video Festival is a lighthearted way to reach out to diverse audiences and bring them together in the same venue. Funny is more funny when laughing with a theater full of other people rather than alone on your computer screen or cellphone.”

“It’s a great opportunity for Homeward Animal Shelter to partner with the Museum and celebrate the playfulness of cats by bringing the Festival to our area,” said Nukhet Hendricks, Homeward’s executive director. “We invite the community to come enjoy the show, and then visit our shelter to meet wonderful cats (and dogs) looking for new homes.”

This program is part of the Central Time Centric symposium, with major support from the Bush Foundation and the North Dakota Humanities Council.