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The present Chair of the London Assembly, who was chair of the London Assembly’s Economic Development, Culture, Sport & Tourism Committee in 2009-2010, which oversees the preparations for Olympic Games, offered her support to London’s gay art fest GFEST – Gaywise FESTival.

Dee Doocey, Chair of the London Assembly

Dee Doocey, Chair of the London Assembly said yesterday in her message of support, “London’s place as one of the world’s great cultural capital’s has been built on its diverse range of artistic endeavour and the determination of its cultural communities to push at boundaries. GFEST is a great example of promoting that innovative spirit and widening access to the creative output of LGBT Londoners, I wish this years festival the success it deserves.”

GFEST has been supported by the Mayor of London and Arts Council England for the past three years and takes place annually in November. The festival has received cross-party support from prominent people including Cultural Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone,  David Lammy MP,  Margot James MP, Lord Chris Smith and Caroline Lucas MP. Among several other eminent people, Author Sarah Waters and Chair of Equality and Human Right Commission Trevor Philps OBE have also supported GFEST.

Deadline for GFEST 2010 Performances, Visual arts and Short Films submissions is 2nd July 2010. More info on GFEST web:

GFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar

WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) in venues across London.

GFEST web networks: