Lonely Planet Writer

London is reaching peak kitty love with Catfest 2018

A festival for cat-lovers will be held in London next summer, in celebration of all things feline. CatFest 2018 will showcase innovative products for cats and cat-people, feline literature, art, books, vegan street food, and kitty-themed cakes and cocktails, all while helping cats in need – a portion of ticket proceeds will benefit a local East London rescue.

London will be home to a cat festival in 2018. Image: Artpipi/Getty Images

There will be films and inspiring talks from bestselling writers and animal experts, including Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats) and Gwen Cooper (Homer’s Odyssey). There will also be a talk from London journalist and animal advocate, Britt Collins, author of the book Strays, who is the organiser behind the festival along with fellow journalist, Chrissy Illey.

London will be home to a cat festival in 2018. Image: Skynesher/Getty Images

“My life has always revolved around music and animals, particularly cats, so Catfest was a natural progression,” Britt tells Lonely Planet. “It’s a long-held dream, an idea that I’d been nurturing for 20 years when I was a music journalist constantly going to gigs and festivals. Most of the musicians that I interviewed or met —everyone from Paul McCartney and Morrissey to Ryan Adams and Pete Doherty — were vegetarians and cat lovers. I thought it would be cool if there was a festival for cat lovers instead of the usual exploitative cat breeders’ shows. I want to create something stylish and entertaining, where cat-mad people can meet other cat-mad people while helping rescue cats and promoting veganism.”

London will be home to a cat festival in 2018. Image: Elya Vatel/Shutterstock via Catfest

There will be cute adoptable rescue cats in an onsite adoption lounge called the Meow Parlour, brought by the charity Feline Friends to raise awareness about welfare efforts and help cats in need. Attendees can get glammed up at the Glamour Puss beauty bar, as well as browsing through cool items for cats and their owners or purchasing a piece of cat art. There will also be music and competitions to enjoy.

Catfest runs from 11am to 6pm on Saturday July 14 at Oval Space in London. Further information is available here.