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The Internet Cat Video Festival to debut at UMass Boston Tuesday

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 23, 2012 12:19 PM

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An actual cat video, Henri 2, Paw de Deux, from the Walker Open Field site. It's in French, but don't worry, there are English subtitles.

The University of Massachusetts Boston will be invaded by cats, or at least videos of cats, Tuesday night as The Internet Cat Video Festival makes the first stop of its national tour at the seaside campus.

Born out of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, the free festival blends the adorable videos of felines and the interactive aspects of social media.

“After the success of the event at the Walker, we were interested in how the program would travel and translate to other communities and sites,” Scott Stulen, co-curator of the Walker Art Center’s Open Field Program, said in a statement. “We were looking for another site that was connected to an art gallery or museum, like the Harbor Gallery, and could present the event in the same spirit as at the Walker.”

Seventy-eight videos will be shown Tuesday, organized into categories like comedy, drama, and documentary, with viewers encouraged to vote for their favorite video using the Twitter hashtag #catvidfest.

The free event, sponsored by UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery, will officially kick-off at 7 p.m. on the university’s Campus Center lawn.

The event is open to all and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

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