The Great Wall of Oakland is collaborating with the Walker Art Center to bring the Internet Cat Video Festival to Oakland! On Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 3-10pm, an estimated 5,000+ cat-lovers and friends will be celebrating felines and exploring the low-art of Internet cat videos together, in real-time, as we transform West Grand between Telegraph and Broadway into a cat-lovers wonderland. Proceeds benefit the East Bay SPCA!
As the sun sets, festival attendees will gather in front of the Great Wall to view the Bay Area premiere of #catvidfest, the Walker Art Center's curated collection of Internet cat videos. See your favorites: "Henri," "Cats Playing Patty Cake," and "Cat Says NOM NOM NOM." The Great Wall's artist in residence group, Bandaloop, will perform a cat-themed aerial duet off the 100' Wall before the screening.
During the day, cat-lovers and their allies can peruse cat and pet products and arts and crafts from a host of vendors, adopt cats from local rescue centers, learn about kitten fostering, listen to live bands, sample delicious food from local food trucks, and participate in a plethora of art and cat activities including art projects.
The Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival is a unique community event celebrating cats, art and technology while educating the public on the importance of cat adoption and fostering. The major sponsor for the Oakland Cat Video Festival is Oakland-based Pet Food Express who will promote the Save a Kitten program at the event.
Other sponsors include Oakland-based Fresh Step, Eventbrite, Whole Foods Market on Harrison, Comcast, and ECEE Productions.
If the all day festival isn't your thing, or you just love cats that much, join us for a Preview Screening of the Internet Cat Video Festival (#catvidfest) at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) on Friday, May 10 at 7pm. The screening is preceded by a VIP talk with Scott Stulen, Project Director of the Walker Art Center, Douglas Long, Ph.D., OMCA Senior Curator of Natural Sciences, and René de Guzman, Senior Curator of Art of the OMCA. Click here for further details and to purchase tickets.
The Great Wall of Oakland illuminates Uptown Oakland with curated, large-scale projections of the most cutting-edge video art, film, aerial dance, and music from around the world reaching thousands of Bay Area art fans each month. Since 2007, the Great Wall has been transforming the 100'x100' blank wall at the corner of West Grand and Broadway Avenue into a mesmerizing urban screen for a diverse base of viewers during the city’s biggest cultural draw, the Oakland Art Murmur and at other specially programmed events.