There is no higher art form than cat videos, at least, according to the good folks at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis.
Since 2012, the contemporary arts center has been showing cat videos—carefully selected from the wilds of the internet—in an annual summer event. The first screening was attended by more than 10,000 people, according the Associated Press.
That year, “Henri, Paw de Deux,” a parody of existential French cinema, won the coveted title of “Best Cat Video On The Internet.”
Sadly, there won’t be a new festival this year.
“We discontinued it to put our resources towards the remodeling of our campus including the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden,” Walker Art Center spokeswoman Rachel Joyce told The Huffington Post in an email. “We felt it was time to set it free and see how others would run with the concept.”
If you’ve always wanted to go to a cat video screening, no worries, the festival is still touring through August, showing videos from the 2015 lineup, and will be making several stops throughout the country. And, if you can’t make it there in person, you can watch the video selection online and have your own private screening at home.
“The thing about this festival is, it hits every nuance of human emotion,” said Meredith Ferguson of the cat rescue group KittyKind.
“Anything that can unite the community behind the animal cause is something I find amazing,” she said. “It’s amazing that cats can unite people like this. It’s amazing to physically see people across cultures, across income brackets. … Cats really do unite us.”
At least you can still watch cat videos on YouTube, am I right?