Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Previewing Catfest 2019 & Strays Book Giveaway


Catfest returns bigger and better at Beckenham Place, a Georgian mansion in a leafy south London park. The day-and-night festival for cat lovers will bring together buzz-worthy cat accessories with 50+ exhibitors and feature films, live music, books, art, vegan street food and cat-themed cocktails, along with feline superstar meet-and-greets and talks from international bestselling authors and feline experts.

Part of the proceeds will benefit ERHAM RESCUE and FRESHFIELDS ANIMAL RESCUE WALES to help cats and kittens in need.

• Gwen Cooper (Homer’s Odyssey)

• Tom Cox (Close Encounters of the Fur Kind; the Good, the Bad, the Furry)

• Giles Clark, star BBC's Big Cats About the House

• Britta Jaschinski, European wildlife photographer of the year

• James Bowen (A Street Cat Named Bob) and street cat Bob

• Shawn Simons, Kitty Bungalow founder and animal advocate

• Anna Kogan, Forgotten Animals founder

FELINE FILM FESTIVAL + LIVE MUSIC

(8pm-10pm)

AFTER DARK, CATFEST WILL BE SCREENING IN THE PARK:

ROAR, Tippi Hendren’s cult classic about big cats, the most dangerous film ever made

CATFEST WILL SHOW A LIMITED SCREENING INSIDE THE MANSION:

KEDI, the enchanting documentary about Istanbul's street cats, inside the mansion (6.30pm; and 8.15pm showings)

LIVE MUSIC ON THE MANSION TERRACE

• YOUNG SAWBONES

• THE CRONINS

• LIBERATION DRUMMER


ART, BOOKS, FOOD + COCKTAILS

• Swell Cat Art Show

• Bookshop/storytelling tent

• Face painting + arts and crafts workshop

• Fab vegan street food and kitty-inspired cakes

• Cat-themed cocktails

RESCUE KITTENS + CELEBRITY CATS

• Meet street cat Bob and other feline superstars, Maine coon adventure cats Artemis & Apollo and kitty supermodel Starina and others

• Fall in love with adoptable rescue kittens at the Meow Parlour (£5 donation at the door)

HELPING CATS IN NEED

CATFEST WILL DONATE PART OF THE PROCEEDS TO ERHAM CAT RESCUE to sterilize and improve the lives of vulnerable Moroccan street cats and kittens.


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GIVEAWAY


Catfest is organized by Britt Collins, author of the amazing book amazing book Strays: A Lost Cat, a Homeless Man and Their Journey Across America. Thanks to Britt and her publisher we have THREE trade paperback copies of Strays to give away! To enter, simply leave a comment below with your email address. Winners will be selected by Random.org on Christmas Eve at noon eastern.

12 comments:

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

A cat lovers dream for sure! Too bad it's so far away from us :(

Brian said...

That sure sounds like a truly wonderful event!

Patricia T said...

This sounds awesome! Wouldn’t that be a wonderful trip?

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That sounds fun, but I would rather be home with my kitties :)

traveler said...

A wonderful experience. Thanks for this lovely feature and giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Eastside Cats said...

Oh my! Can I swing another trip to the UK? Hmm...
Looks like an interesting book, count me in!

The Menagerie Mom said...

Catfest sounds like heaven on earth! I have a fondness for stray cats, and I do my best to help those in my area. I will definitely have to give Strays a read. Thank you for sharing this with us! (fourleggedfurballs@gmail.com)

The Swiss Cats said...

That sounds like a pawsome event ! Purrs

Dianne Casey said...

Catfest sounds amazing. I would really like to read "Strays". Thanks for the chance.
diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

Verna Gass said...

Sounds like the purrfect book for me since I feed all the strays in the area. Started feeding one and he told all his friends and relatives. Catching the ones I can and get them neutered. vernagass@gmail.com

Jana Leah B said...

This sounds like I wonderful story & CatFest sounds like a lot of fun.
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Three Chatty Cats said...

This sounds so cool! Wish I could go.