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posted by Niranjan Kamatkar

Last few weeks amongst the news of Pride celebrations all around the world, it has become evident that mainstreaming of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) cultural activities is gaining wider support across the world.  London Pride  activities planned for next weekend look exciting, promising enthusiastic public participation like last several years.

Gay Prides, art events and cultural celebrations in not only a number of UK, European and USA cities and towns but in countries like Croatia, Sri Lanka & China drive home a point: LGBT and queer communities around the world are asserting the rights to visibly contribute to society. And LGBT art and culture is a vibrant and growing sector.

Pride image-collage from archive

As organiser of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, we are trying to get a network get going of like minded UK based arts festivals that can share the common issues and support the contemporary debate. It will offer an opportunity to address the collective needs of  LGBT artists and practitioners. We can look at some of the concerns as a united sector and address resources (or in several cases, the lack of them).

As GFEST entries deadline approaches by 2 July 2010, we are on our way to working towards the realisation of  ‘LGBT , Queer arts and culture for all’ round the year.

Deadline for GFEST 2010 submissions is 2nd July 2010.

The GFEST 2010 panel of selectors will choose the entries carefully in mid July and GFEST 2010 Programme is expected to be announced by end of August.

Niranjan Kamatkar is artistic director of GFEST - Gaywise FESTival.
GFEST is recognised as London's LGBT, queer art festival for all.

Notes:
Further info contact / images : info@wisethoughts.org / 020 8889 9555 / http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST/
WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) in venues across London.
GFEST was formerly known as GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival
GFEST online networks: http://www.wisethoughts.org http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk
http://www.facebook.com/niranjan.kamatkar http://www.gaywisefestival.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/GFEST
http://www.myspace.com/gaywisefestival https://gaywisefestival.wordpress.com/  http://www.yoursemotionally.com/ http://www.myspace.com/interviewwithapolitician  http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST/                                  http://www.youtube.com/user/wisethoughts

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