MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — We know now that cats have at least two lives, since the Walker Art Center announced it will be reprising its wildly popular Internet Cat Video Festival this year.

The charter festival was initially supposed to be an amusing lark, but like all things viral, it virtually exploded. An estimated 10,000-plus people and more than just a few cats attended the Walker’s first cat video festival, which was held on the open field adjacent to the museum, last August.

The event attracted so many people, in fact, that this year’s fest has been relocated to a new venue: the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, “bringing along the same spirit of community and collaboration,” organizers said.

As before, the Walker invites the public to submit nominations via YouTube or Vimeo in a number of categories — comedy (which presumably includes feline bloopers), drama, foreign, musical and documentary. There will also be a category for “lifetime achievement.”

This year’s cat festival will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event will cost $10 and go on sale on Saturday, March 9.


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