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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, recognised as ‘London’s LGBT & Queer Festival for all’ had its 2010 closing performance event on the last Saturday night.

Denis Fernando a GFEST artists was the final act for this year’s performance events, who presented his own piano compositions.  Over hundred artists participated in GFEST 2010 activities which included two visual arts exhibitions, short film screenings, film events and variety performances in venues across London during 8 to 21 November. A debate at V & A and lunchtime talk at the National Gallery were some of the key features.

Official GFEST logo & website link
Official GFEST logo & website link

The festival had a launch reception in Parliament, hosted by  David Lammy, MP and was attended by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone,  South Bank Centre’s artistic director Jude Kelly and Margot James, MP amongst others. The festival also received messages of support from the Prime Minister David Cameron, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the past & present Ministers for Culture and Arts, including Jeremy Hunt and Ed Vaizey. Stephen Fry, Sarah Waters, Peter Tatchell and Lord Chris Smith had also extended their support to the festival.

GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “As organisers, we are pleased with overall response to this year’s GFEST programme.  Initial figures show that feedback was very positive and encouraging with a number of events were enjoyed by the audiences and the artists alike. We thank everyone, particularly GFEST 2010 artists, who have made GFEST an exiting annual event in London’s cultural calendar.”

In its fourth year, GFEST 2010  showcased short films, performances and visual artworks in exhibitions.
Full programme:

GFEST 2010  images on
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More info on GFEST – Gaywise FESTival (GFEST in short) web:

GFEST Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar

WISE THOUGHTS is an arts charity that organises GFEST – Gaywise FESTival  in venues across London. GFEST web networks: