In the early days of the Internet, when there wasn’t a whole lot going on in cyberspace, one thing you could count on for a good laugh was a silly cat video. These clips are perfectly suited to a world of short attention spans and deep obsession with cute animals. And in February, the Somerville Arts Council is bringing the best cat videos to our fair city for the first Copy Cat Festival.
Inspired by the International Cat Video Festival held last year at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis that was attended by 10,000 people, the Arts Council thought Somerville should have its own version of the event.
The Somerville Copy Cat Festival will feature videos–produced locally and globally–cat stories, cat limericks and a photo slideshow of local cats. And the Arts Council is asking area cat-lovers to get involved by submitting cat clips of two minutes or less that will be up for awards in various categories like weirdest or cutest. In addition to the videos submissions, the Arts Council is seeking cat stories, limericks and photos to be used during the festival.
The event takes place on Sunday, February 17 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Armory (191 Highland Ave.), but submissions must be in by February 1. Those selected to appear in the festival will be notified on February 8.
Jef Czekaj will open the event with a reading from his book Cat Secrets. There will also likely be a cat costume table and possibly an appearance from a famous local cat. (Stay tuned for details.)
Information on how to submit your cat video, photo, limerick or story can be found here.
Update: Due to popular demand, an additional session of the Copy Cat Festival has been added from noon-3 p.m. on Sunday, February 17. Tickets are $5, go on sale on Friday, February 8 and can be purchased here.