GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 Show Reel Video Released on You Tube

London LGBTQI cross art festival GFEST – Gaywise FESTival video showreel is released on its YouTube Channel.

The annual November eclectic event in London’s cultural calendar, GFEST will take place this year from 10 to 22 November 2014.

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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 ‘spectacular’ film programme is now published on


Not-to-be-missed screenings in November: GFEST 2014 feature films and shorts at Rich Mix in Shoreditch.
Organised by art charity Wise Thoughts each year, London’s eclectic cross-art festival ‘GFEST 2014’ film screenings will include this autumn’s best selection of LGBTQI flicks. The film programme is billed as ‘Modern Myths’ under this year’s festival theme ‘Myths & Mythology’. The screenings will take place from 15th to 18th November 2014 and include thought provoking as well as entertaining movies. GFEST 2014 film programme is now live on:
GFEST 2014 films include a number of UK and London premiere titles:
The critically acclaimed ‘STAND’ – a Russian feature film directed by Jonathan Taieb will open the screenings. British filmmakers Jake Graf and Richard Mansfield will present ‘Brace’ a queer short film, and the feature ‘The Secret Path’ respectively.  Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro’s gay teen drama ‘The Way He Looks’ along with Erin Davies’ ‘Fagbug Nation’, a popular follow up to the original ‘Fagbug’, are to be screened. Filmmakers Casper Andreas and David Färdmar, whose films have been a part of previous GFESTs screenings, will together premiere a short film ‘A Last Farewell’.
Festival director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “GFEST 2014 films dispel stereotypes that occasionally surround the LGBTQI cultures. These remarkable celluloid dramas and documentaries also engage with both gay and straight audiences alike, while spinning a few ‘Modern Myths’ for the future generations. The films mirror the current pressing issues and offer a united loud voice to LGBTQI identities in contemporary London.”
GFEST 2014 filmmakers and the stars are expected to participate in the Q&A sessions, after each film screening.
GFEST 2014 visual arts exhibition line-up is announced earlier this month and details of GFEST 2014 performance, debates events etc., also to go live shortly on the festival website:

For further information, images and interview, please contact: info @ wisethoughts . org / 0208889955

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London annual gay cross-arts festival GFEST 2014 visual art programme is LIVE on


An eclectic line up featuring newly commissioned works presented along with curated LGBTQI art.
This year’s GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 visual arts programme is now announced on GFEST website . The eclectic cross art annual event in London’s November calendar is organised by art charity Wise Thoughts and is recognised by high profile MPs, ministers and Mayors of London in the past.  GFEST 2014 films, performances and other events programme will be announced soon.
For the first time, GFEST visual art exhibition includes newly commissioned art works.  The exhibition will be open from Monday the 10th to Saturday the 22nd November at Menier Gallery on Southwark Street.
Breathtaking works that explore this year’s festival theme ‘Myths & Mythology’ include thought provoking paintings, video installation and photographic image works.

Artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “GFEST 2014 programme spells out an ongoing challenge to attain social equality in the realms of the art world for LGBTQI artists. Working with the commissioned artists to showcase their work at this year’s GFEST, has been truly inspirational. Artists have interpreted the theme of myths not only in classical and contemporary context, but also, I hope, the artworks pose as mythical creations for the future generations.”

Headliners include:
Challenging art works from established artists like Sadie Lee and Matthew Stradling will lead the showcase. Joao Trindade’s will present promising new digital images. Enzo Marra will show his Francis Bacon series along with art works of Berlin and London based artist Mathias Vef. The exhibition will also include ‘mythical’ interpretations from younger artists like Gökhan Tanriöver and Jenny Welton.
A panel discussion is planned on Friday the 21st November to discuss LGBT ‘Myths and Mythology’ looking at some past, present and future practices and involves GFEST 2014 artists, art critic and writer Anna McNay and renowned academic Prof Johnny Golding.

For further information, images and interview, please contact: info @ wisethoughts . org / 0208889955

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With a theme of ‘Myths & Mythology’, GFEST 2014 promises to be a dynamic experience for ALL arts lovers

Organisers are keen to work with LGBTQI networks to attract corporate investment this year.

An eclectic cross-arts event for London’s autumn cultural calendar, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 will showcase new visual and performance art works and films, in November 2014.
GFEST2014cover1GFEST 2014 theme is ‘Myths and Mythology’ and the programme will incorporate contemporary as well as classical interpretations by the artists.
The festival will take place in venues across London during 10 – 22 November and there will an exciting array of events, London/ UK premiere of films and showcasing the work from established as well as up and coming talent – offering something for everyone to engage in.
Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of GFEST, said, “I am hugely optimistic about this year’s showcase where, as each year, we will be presenting excellent work from a number of artists and filmmakers. For the first time we will be working with few artists to present new work specially commissioned for GFEST 2014.” Niranjan hopes to further build upon the festival’s international reputation as ‘a major queer arts event in London’, a city that is now seen by many as cultural capital of the world.
Since 2007 GFEST has been widely recognised as a key London platform for LGBTQI arts. It has been presenting arts works that highlight the rich, cultural and artistic heritage that exists within the community. GFEST events have been proven to be a key mechanism for encouraging a dialogue between straight people and LGBTQI communities. The festival aims to challenge homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic attitudes and prejudices through the use of arts.
North London based  arts charity Wise Thoughts, organizer of the festival, is keen to work with various community, media partners and sponsors to present the festival that is known as London’s LGBTQI cross-art event for all.
The festival organisers are in discussions with a few corporate sponsors and some key London venues and arts organisations. Niranjan said the developments are encouraging, and he is confident to present ‘a much larger scale event’ this year provided all potential sponsors and corporate LGBT networks help support emerging artists and the excellence in the arts.

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GFEST Organisers Announce More Events at Wise Thoughts Creative Cultural Hub – CCH

Wise Thoughts, organiser charity of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival and  the only LGBT organisation in Haringey (North  London) have added more events to the Creative Cultural Hub – an initiative designed to reduce isolation, motivate people to be creative and promote LGBT issues within Haringey.

WT-CCHlogoThe events are either free or very low cost – so there’s every reason to come along and try something new!

Events include

The Creative Cultural Hub is supported by The Big Lottery and Lloyds TSB Foundation.

More information on the Creative Culture Hub can be found:


Twitter: @WiseThoughtsCCH


Wise Thoughts designs and delivers unique arts initiatives and services that help to profile, and / or address social justice issues and needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. It has delivered arts initiatives since 1999 and operates on a national basis as well as focusing on the Haringey community where it is based. It also runs the annual GFEST.

For more information, contact: 020 888 99 555 / info (at) wisethoughts . org

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London Gay Art Festival GFEST Organisers Niranjan Kamatkar And Subodh Rathod Got Married

First Asian Same-Sex Couple got married in Haringey, London, United Kingdom on 29th March 2014.


Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar after wedding at Haringey Civic Centre – Image Credit : Vanita Bhavnani

The first same-sex marriages took place on 29 March in England and Wales. A North London based same-sex couple, Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar were the first couple to marry at 9.30 am on the same day at the Civic Centre in Wood Green.
Both Niranjan and Subodh are of Indian origin and senior family members and friends attended the wedding ceremony.
International development minister and MP for Hornsey and Wood Green Lynne Featherstone, who successfully presented the same-sex marriage bill in the parliament attended the wedding.


Wedding ‘Selfie’ took by Niranjan Kamatkar on David Lammy’s Phone, with Subodh Rathod, DFID minister Lynne Featherstone MP and Benjamin Cohen, founder


















Haringey Mayor Cllr. Sheila Peacock along with Tottenham MP Mr David Lammy were present to show their support to the newly wedded couple. A number of Lesbian, Gay and Queer artists, filmmakers and community members also attended the historic event.
Subodh Rathod told BBC Radio 4 World Tonight programme on the eve of the wedding, “I believe we are the first Asian Same-Sex Couple to get married. We haven’t come across any couples where both partners are of Asian origins in the entire world (who are officially married before).”
Niranjan Kamatkar added, “We are delighted and feel privileged to be able to marry. I hope, one day, all same-sex couples around the world will have the right to marry and will be able to express that love is for everyone, irrespective of the sexual orientation.”
Currently no country in Asia officially recognises same-sex marriages.
Subodh and Niranjan met at the first South Asian Gay Conference in India in 1994.
The couple work for arts charity Wise Thoughts, which presents London’s annual LGBT art festival ‘GFEST- Gaywise FESTival’.

For updates and a part of wedding ceremony podcast visit :
Contact :  020 8889 9555 / info @ wisethoughts  . org (remove spaces) for further information and images.

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Niranjan Kamatkar


Subodh Rathod

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Podcast / broadcast video : First Asian same-sex marriage in London, UK

Video : First Asian same-sex marriage in London, UK streamed –  Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar are married on Saturday 29 March 2014, at 9.30 am in London.


Subodh Rathod & Niranjan Kamatkar

The wedding took place at Wood Green Civic Centre, North London. Live podcast was at 9.30 am (United Kingdom time):

Live streaming video by Ustream

#SameSexWedding BBC Radio 4 World Tonight Interview Start at 36.15 min – World’s First Asian Same Sex Couple Subodh Rathod and Niranjan Kamatkar married in London on 29 March 2014 - Start at 36.15 min – Ends with Shehnai music by Bismilla Khan




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