GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival 09 came to a celebratory close on 22 Nov. And GFest 10 preparations carried on full steam from yesterday.  There was a lot to celebrate & enjoy in GFest 09 and the general feedback was very encouraging. For the audiences of  GFest 09, London’s LGBT  (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgenger) and queer arts fest for all,  artists flying into London from USA to Neatherlands, sold-out nights and standing ovation were some of the special moments. Majority of LGBT & queer artists sent a feedback saying how much they enjoyed and they are looking forward to the next year’s activities.

Key learning points will be fed back into festival activities and its organisation and we are happy to get such a positive response. Particularly, broader coverage of the festival by travel & tourism sector is one such remarkable development this year. British Airways, Eurostar, Best Western Hotels, Red Carnation Hotels, Visit London, Visit Britain coverage for GFest 09 was a great help and encoraged tourists to attend the festival. Several Blogs and online networks & social media news covered the festival news throughout its duration. Apart from London based LGBT and mainstream media sources, GFest 09 news was covered in Norway, Spain, Italy, Japan and several international online event review websites.

Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of GFest commented, “For me, a standing ovation after the much awaited Mavin Khoo performance on Friday was the star moment of this year’s festival. I think all the GFest 09 artists worked very hard & contributed to the festival with their best artistic abilities to send a common message – Stamp Out Homophobia. A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL – GFest 09 artists, funders, media, community partners, supporters, audiences and several thousands LGBT community members who helped us and made GFest 09 possible in these particularly challenging economic times.”

Watch this space & GFest online networks for further news and developments of GFest 10 in November 2010.

WISE THOUGHTS  – Arts charity that organises GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival ( known as GFest in short)  in London.