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posted by TIM HOYLE

Let me be upfront from the start – I love GFEST – Gaywise FESTival !  I have been going for the last 3 years & think that the range of events and performances is fantastic & so diverse.  I have been attending all sorts of arts festivals for many years, including LGBT festivals whenever possible.

I love being part of the buzz and energy that surrounds a festival and they provide chances to see performances and films that I never would otherwise.  My partner & I travel up & down the country seeing as much as possible – it uses all of our leave from work but we much prefer it to lying on a beach somewhere.

GFEST - Gaywise FESTival 2010

There are so many people that have become friends from seeing them year after year at different cultural events around the country.  For me this includes my partner who I met at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 11 years ago.

We had both been going to the LLGFF for many years before we met & must have been in screenings together but that year we kept on seeing each other then began talking & arranged to go for a drink.

Now we take the whole two weeks off work to celebrate our anniversary by seeing as much in the festival as possible.

And we are not alone, we know a number of other couples who have met at festivals so it isn’t just a cultural delight, you might just fall in love as well.

– Tim Hoyle is a performer and theatre director and a trustee of Wise Thoughts, organisers of GFEST

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival takes place annually in London in November.

Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar

WISE THOUGHTS / GFEST – Gaywise FESTival – London’s LGBT cross art festival for all

GFEST Call for submissions is announced and artists / filmmakers are requested to submit the entries online:

Submission deadline: 2 July 2010.

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