posted by Subodh Rathod

UK Parliamentary candidate Karen Jennings visited Wise Thoughts, organisers of London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) cross art  festival, yesterday in Wood Green Central Library.

Karen Jennings with GFEST Artistic Director Niranjan Kamatkar

The Hornsey & Wood Green constituency parliament candidate discussed the need for mainstreaming ‘LGBT arts & culture for all’, wider sector support for gay artists and some of the challenges for local LGBT community members. The festival organisers & Karen agreed that every LGBT vote counts on the election day – which is only 16 days away.


An annual event in London’s cultural calendar in November, GFEST 2009 was dubbed as ‘biggest thing going in London..’ by BBC London and has been supported by Arts Council England & Mayor of London for the past three years.  Now in its fourth year, GFEST 2010 will be presenting the art works of over 100 artists / filmmakers and continues to draw cross-party support.  Some of the parliamentary election candidates who supported GFEST in the past are: Equalities spokesperson for Lib Dem, Lynne Featherstone, David Lammy, Minister for Higher Education in Labour Government, Jeremy Hunt, Conservative Shadow  Cultural Secretary, Caroline Lucas, Leader of the Green Party, Margot James, conservative, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour, Simon Hughes, Lib Dem and  Michael Foster, Labour Equalities Minister, among others.

LGBT Artists & filmmakers are sending online submissions from across the world for this year’s GFEST on its website:    GFEST 2010 submission deadline is 2 July 2010. The festival is to run from 8 to 21 Nov 2010 in various venues across London.

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