A Festival of Cats is coming to Cliftonville

Festival of Cats in Cliftonville

A Festival of Cats will launch in Cliftonville on Thursday (March 29).

Eight events are being held between March 29- April 2 in a celebration of T.S Eliot’s bestselling work ‘Old Possums Book of Practical Cats.’

The festival features a series of DIY events across Cliftonville, including performance, film, exhibitions and more. It is a collaboration between Jemma Channing and Resort studios, and is part of the offsite programme for Turner Contemporary’s current exhibition ‘Journeys with The Waste Land’

The Festival of Cats opening party takes place at the Viking Gallery in Cliftonville Avenue on Thursday from  7pm to 10pm.

There will be a private view of Macavity’s Cat Salon featuring contemporary and fine art based on the work. The exhibition will then be open from March 30-April 7 from 10am to 4pm daily. Free admission.

Visitors to the opening party will be able to pick up a free Festival of Cats limited edition zine, dance to classic cat tunes and have a drink.

Other events include The Naming of Cats, a family friendly afternoon of performances and readings of the poetry in “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by local artists, performers and poets at Cliffs, 172 Northdown Road, on March 31 from noon until 2.30pm.

The Growltiger’s Cat Craft Club, a family friendly workshop where children and adults can try their hand at a range of different cat crafts, from neon catnip toys to glittertastic kitty masks, will be held on April 1 at the 101 Social Club, 101 Northdown Road, from 2pm -5pm.

All materials supplied and no experience is necessary. All welcome.

Skimbleshanks Screen Prints is a pop up exhibition of screenprints of ‘Cats of Margate’ by Margate based artist and Resort member Charlotte Savage. Prints will be available to buy with 50% of the profits going to Cats in Crisis Thanet.

Held at the Cattery (aka Resort’s Project Space at 50 Athelstan Road) on March 30-31 from 10am-4pm. On Friday visitors can also stop for a cocktail between 4pm-7pm.

Click here for more events and all the featured artists on the Festival of Cats facebook page