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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, ‘London’s LGBT and queer cross – art festival for all’, received a message of support from Ben Bradshaw, MP and former Minister for Culture, Media and Sports. The Festival is also supported by present Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt and Lord Chris Smith, who was a former Secretary of State for Culture.

GFEST has announced an exciting and ambitious 2010 programme. The festival will take place across London in prestigious venues including The National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Rich Mix, Hampstead Town Hall and Cochrane Theatre, from 8 to 21 November 2010. The full festival programme can be found on GFEST website:
http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

Ben Bradshaw MP

In his message Mr Bradshaw said,”It is a great pleasure to provide a statement in support of the GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010. GFEST is growing as an important, annual event in the LGBT Arts calendar of London building, year on year, bigger audiences drawn from the diverse range of London’s communities and, importantly, from way beyond the LGBT community itself. The success of cultural initiatives such as this remind us the importance of the arts as a key tool in promoting awareness and community cohesion.”

He added, ” I particularly welcome that this year’s festival will welcome not only artists from our own shores, but LGBT artists from all over Europe and beyond across a broad range of arts media – the only London-based LGBT arts festival to celebrate and provide this cross-arts LGBT platform. I wish all those involved every success.”

Niranjan Kamatkar, the artistic director of GFEST said, “When I met Mr Bradshaw earlier this year, he acknowleded that LGBT or queer arts sector needs to get wider support. I am confident with GFEST 2010 thrilling programme, we can ensure more support for the artists in the future. GFEST 2010 line up promises the widest possible range of life-changing artistic expressions from the LGBT community.”

GFEST 2010 showreel on Youtube

GFEST 2010 artists were selected through an open call, applications were received from all over UK and the world including USA, Europe, Israel and Thailand. The selection panel members had a hard task of selecting the entries due to high calibre of work. The Festival is recognised as one of the four key events taking place in the capital’s annual LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) calendar.

Invaluable to London’s diverse LGBT arts communities – MAYOR OF LONDON

JEREMY HUNT, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport said, “The Festival is an extremely popular event in the LGBT calendar and is an exciting platform for both London and the arts.”

Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.
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GFEST 2010  images on  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest

GFEST 2010 Performers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624995681186/

GFEST 2010 Short Films: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624995610876/

GFEST 2010 Visual Art :  http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624870998137/

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More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) web: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

GFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar

WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival  in venues across London.
GFEST web 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 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 http://uk.linkedin.com/in/niranjankamatkar http://www.myspace.com/gaywisefestival
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