GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 started yesterday with a huge turnout at the Dreamspace Gallery EC1Y 8NA, in Barbican area of London. The FREE ENTRY exhibition is open to public until 19 November. Mayor of Islington Cllr Phil Kelly attended and spoke at the private view last night. GFEST is recognised as ‘London’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) cross-art festival for all’.
GFEST director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “Despite the massive funding crunch this year, I am delighted with the audience turnout and hope people turn up in huge numbers at the rest of the events until 20 November.”
“I am also impressed with the GFEST volunteers help, which is supported by Team London. GFEST has become a great fun event again this year, showcasing diverse LGBTQ artistic talent, cool and hip films and performances. We need everyone to turn up at the events to show their support and to make this event successful.” He added.
GFEST 2011 short film screenings at the Prince Charles Cinema on 8, 9 and 10 November promise a fantastic line-up of shorts and offer a rare chance to watch some of the films on the big screen.
Sensational variety acts at the festival performance events will liven up The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone on 17, 18 and 19 November.
GFEST 2011 debate at Rich Mix on 15 November looks at the theme of ‘East London: Homophobia / Transphobia’ – Impact on culture and arts. Peter Tatchell has agreed to be one of the key speakers.
GFEST is supported by Team London this year for the volunteers’ involvement.
For full programme and booking information please visit: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk