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Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey met the organisers of ‘GFEST – Gaywise FESTival’ – London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) art festival. In this brief surgery meeting, Mr Vaizey showed a keen interest to know more about enterprising GFEST activities and admired its work.

Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of GFEST said, “It is good to know that Department of Culture Media & Sports is keen to support diverse activities like GFEST and it was a delightful meeting.”

Culture minister Ed Vaizey with GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar

He added. “We discussed the growing trend of tourists attendance and the future potential for the LGBT art sector working together to make even bigger impact on the art world.”

GFEST is an annual event in November in London’s LGBT calendar and will be announcing the exciting GFEST 2010 programme next month. The festival was launched at the Houses of Parliament for the past two years and is supported by a number of eminent artists, ministers and MPs. GFEST 2010 will take place in venues across London from 8 to 21 November.

More information on background and selection process of GFEST:


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

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival was formerly known as GFest – gayWise LGBT Arts Festival

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