London Gay Arts Fest GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2015 Programme Announced


Monday 9 November – Saturday 21 November 2015

An annual platform for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) artists and organisations, the 8th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® runs Monday 9 – Saturday 21 November 2015 at venues across London.

GFEST 2015 programme was launched at K&L Gates office in Central London on 22 September and full details are now live on GFEST website:






GFEST 2015 video showreel on YouTube:

London LGBTQI cross-arts festival GFEST announces 2015 dates

GFEST2015coverweb4GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, recognised as London LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgeder, Queer and Intersex) cross-arts annual event in November has announced 2015 dates: Monday the 9th to Friday the 20 November.

GFEST 2015 programme advisors names are also announced on the festival’s website:

GFEST 2015 programme advisors include Anna McNay, Gulliver Ralston, Michael Petry, Simon Tarrant, Subodh Rathod and Lois Keidan and the artistic director is Niranjan Kamatkar.

GFEST 2015 theme is ‘(Complacent Present) …Fragile Future?’ GFEST 2015 visual arts exhibition will explore Asian identities under the theme: Asian Future. The films are planned under the theme ‘Cinema Futura’, while the performance events will be falling under ‘Tonal Future’.

The festival event in London’s LGBT calendar consists of visual arts exhibition, film screenings, performances and talks and debate focusing on the works of young and established artists and practitioners. The festival is organised by arts charity WiseThoughts and is now in its 8th year.

Catherine West, the MP for Hornsey & Wood Green where Wise Thoughts is based, said in her message of support, “I am delighted to offer my support to this year’s GFEST, celebrating some of the brightest and best talent in the LGBTQI community here and abroad.  I am looking forward to coming along to one of the events in my constituency and send my best wishes to everyone taking part this year and to Wise Thoughts for organising such a fantastic diverse programme”

GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “we are very pleased to receive the support of our local MP and we continue to profile LGBT art works due to the support of eminent people, artists and audiences. Irrespective of significant funding challenges, we are confident that we can deliver the full festival programme this year.”

Two New Activities at Wise Thoughts Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) by GFEST organisers

Movers & Shakers FREE Summer 2015 Fitness

Movers&Shakersweb A short introductory course in Medi -Yoga and Indian Dance. The course facilitators Farah Fernandes and Subodh Rathod will lead participant through a series of exercises designed to support and improve health. Sessions help to tackle conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Participants are encouraged to complete all 5 sessions of yoga and / or dance in order to improve circulation and flexibility.
Open to beginners! for more info: click here

AND Fun way to keep fit with Capoeira: Brazilian martial art


Capoeira (pronounced cap-wearer) is a Brazilian martial art form, combining self-defense, acrobatics, dance, music and song. It was developed by slaves who used it to disguise the fact that they were practicing fight moves. Only the hands and feet touch the floor.
Tony Alves, born in Brazil, is an experienced Capoeira teacher who has
worked and taught in Brazil , Portugal , Spain , Belgium, France, Dubai and the UK. He will run 4 taster sessions in September 2015 on Fridays in Wood Green Library. Open to all and beginners!

For more info: click here

Jam Packed May, Full Of Popular Wise Thoughts Activities & Welcoming I.D.A.H.O.T

Wise Thoughts CCH: Creative Cultural Hub Home of #gayWISE + #womenWISE

Yoga, Kathak Dance, Supporting I.D.A.H.O.T in Schools, #gayWISE + Stonewall Housing Launch and Much More…

Wise Thoughts ever popular Lunch Time Yoga runs every Weds 12.30-2pm until July 29th – all are welcome, no experience needed! We’re pleased to announce that we have yoga mats and blocks for sale, give us a call to order yours today!

Yoga Exotic MovesDon’t forget our Kathak dance class Exotic Moves also continues with accomplished Dancer Subodh every Mon 5-6pm. We plan to hold future sessions that are fitness, wellbeing, movement and arts-based. Watch this space!

I.D.A.H.O.T (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia) takes place on May 17th. Wise Thoughts are pleased to be heading into local schools in Haringey, through-out the month to raise awarenss and support equality for LGBT young people.
Please continue to support our charity and outreach like this by donating here

GayWise Thoughts FREE #gayWISE Drop-in every 1st & 3rd Thurs monthly 5-7pm is a place to meet other LGBT people and take part in activities and get support or advice. NEW: Joint with our regular #gayWISE Drop-in, we have housing advice sessions in collaboration with Stonewall Housing starting this month – Thurs 15th May 5-7pm and continuing every 3rd Thurs of the month.
Our next #womenWISE Drop-in is Thurs 8th May 5 -7 pm, to be continued every 2nd Thurs monthly 5-7pm – a book club + activities for LBT women (+guests). For more info on this FREE Drop-in and other events, visit our website.

All events take place at:
Wise Thoughts, 2nd Floor, Wood Green Library, N22 6XD

Want to know more? Check out our website

London’s Gay Art Festival GFEST 2015 Seeks Expression of Interest from Artists, Filmmakers and Performers

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival has announced the 2015 call for entries open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) artists on its website:
The festival accepts expression of interests from filmmakers, artists and performers in 3 main categories : Films (shorts and features), Visual Arts and Performances.

GFEST2015coverweb4NIRANJAN KAMATKAR, director of GFEST said, “This year we will work with venues that will actively promote the profile of LGBTQI artists. The festival has been offering an excellent platform for LGBT films and artworks over the last 8 years now. GFEST 2015 presents an ideal opportunity for sponsors to show their commitment to LGBT equality and diversity.”
Recognised as London’s annual gay art fest in November, GFEST in the past was supported by a number of London venues including the National Gallery, V&A and was launched in UK Parliament for over 3 years.
Invaluable to London’s diverse LGBT arts communities
GFEST is internationally recognised as a high profile event by media and other festivals.
The festival provides a unique opportunity for young talent to network and showcase works alongside the established names. Last year the festival presented new commissioned works by 3 visual artists and 2 performers. The organisers hope to present new commissioned works this year. The festival is organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts.
Visual artist and Wise Thoughts new trustee Dr Trevor Wood MBE said, “I am delighted to be associated with this year’s GFEST, a unique festival showcasing outstanding work of artists from the LGBT community and has helped many new and aspiring artists with their careers. Taking part in GFEST can help promote your work within the mainstream arts industry in London and wider afield.”

North London art organisation announces new events in Wood Green Library

A series of new events and initiatives are announced at arts charity Wise Thoughts, a North London orgnisation based in Wood Green Library in the month of March 2015 and beyond.

A Lesbian, Bi and Trans (LBT) women drop-in which will incorporate a book club, plus cultural activities. The FREE drop -in will take place on every second Thursday of the month from 5 to 7 pm in Haringey.

The month of March will also see keep fit classes with personal trainer Marios Iacovou happening on Wednesday lunch-times from 12.30 pm onwards.


And a joint half day workshop with Farah Fernandes and Subodh Rathod will explore creative movements from Yoga and the Indian classical dance of Kathak on Saturday the 21st March 2015.

The organiser Niranjan Kamatkar said, “We had a series of successful events as part of LGBT History Month (February) this year at Wise Thoughts CCH (Creative Cultural Hub), which included a lecture on Queer Art from the Tate Collection, Paradise Press and Planet London authors booking reading events, which were enjoyed by a number LGBT people.”

The organistion delivers regular gayWISE drop-in activities, Postive Rainbow drop-in for HIV+ gay, bi men and MSM along with Exotic Moves dance classes.

The drop-in sessions provide opportunities for meeting likeminded LGBT people and also exchanging information and advice.

All the events and activities will take place in Wood Green Library in North London.

Arts charity Wise Thoughts organises London’s LGBTQI cross-art festival, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, annually.

More info:


LGBT History Month 2015 events started in Haringey, more to follow

LGBT History Month 2015 events started yesterday in Haringey, and are organised by art charity Wise Thoughts in Wood Green Library.

Events kicked off with ‘Queer art from the Tate Collection’ – an illustrated lecture by Marcus Dickey Horley. The lecture was very well-received  last night.

Some images from the event:

Work of Robert Mapplethorpe compared to Cecil Beaton’s as the part of the lecture
Keith Vaughan painting Small Assembly of Figures 1951
Sir Jacob Epstein’s sculpture Jacob and the Angel 1940
1984 work Existers by Gilbert and George.

Check for upcoming events at Wise Thoughts Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) on Thursdays: 12th February, there will be Book reading & Launch of the LBT Women+guests group and on 19 February Paradise Press authors book reading will take place.

Wise Thoughts what’s on events: