It was cat heaven for those who attended the Internet Cat Video Festival at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on January 21-24, 2016.
The event's curator, Will Braden, is the man behind YouTube's wildly popular "Henri Le Chat Noir" videos, which were among the films featured at the festival. The center's video curator, Joel Shepard, attributes the public's love of cats to the air of mystery that surrounds them, and to the fact that cat videos appeal to everyone, not just cat people.
For those who weren't lucky enough to score one of the $10 tickets to the event, there were still plenty of cat-centric activities to participate in, including cat-themed cocktails, an exhibit from the Cat Museum of San Francisco, cat astrology readings, a cattoo parlor, and cat adoptions.
One of festival attendees, a watercolor tattoo artist named Megan Lynn Kott, noted that dog people have more opportunities to interact with each other on a daily basis, be it at the dog park or while walking their dogs on the street. Cat people, however, don't get nearly as many chances to interact with one another day to day, so they've come to rely on the Internet to do so. The Internet Cat Video Festival provided a perfect offline venue for cat lovers to meet up in person and celebrate their shared interest.
Interested in learning more about this unique event? Check out the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts official page for the Internet Cat Video Festival and start planning your trip for next year.