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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival in London is an annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) cross-art event in November that promises to showcase challenging art works and colourful talent from around the world. full programme on :

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Running from 7 to 20 November GFEST 2011 is a celebration of creativity and visual splendour exploring the minds and motives shaping the movement which is as artistic as it is political.

The festival includes a visual arts exhibition, short films screening, performances, workshops and debates that take place throughout venues in London. They will all engage with contemporary LGBTQ themes, challenging boundaries to tackle prejudices.

GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar is really excited about the upcoming event, “Everything this year takes you on a narrative journey that is unique, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable.”

In the visual arts showcase at Dreamspace Gallery, artists such as Paul Chisholm, Wendy Elia and Simon Croft

At Last!

will make bold statements, celebrate the unexpectedness of gay marriage and explore gender identity using a Russian doll.


This year short film screenings includes award winning filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe whose film ‘Slow’ deals with a blind date and the possibility that it might bring, a documentary film by Nola Grace Gaardmand, ‘Home for the Golden Gays’ focussing on refuge for elderly and vulnerable gays in Manila since 1969 and Jason Bradbury’s ‘We Once Were Tide’ which looks at Anthony and Kyle spending their last night together before Kyle moves away, leaving Anthony to look after his terminally ill mother.

London Gay Symphonic Winds

The third key area of this cross-art festival includes performances from Naechanè Valentino, EvOn Musicbully, stand up comedy from VG Lee and Janice Perry and Ezra Axelrod who takes the audiences on a musical journey through gay love, lust, heartbreak and reconciliation.

GFEST 2011 will also see some topical and lively debates, artist workshops and events that will take place in venues across London throughout the festival.
Full programme details and information about GFEST 2011 is available on


For more information, photography, in-depth stories or to arrange an interview with the artists or Niranjan Kamatkar, Artistic Director of GFEST 2011, please contact: Subodh Rathod, Wise Thoughts / GFEST Tel: 020 8889 9555 /



GFEST – Gaywise Festival is the premier LGBTQ annual cross-arts festival in London – a platform for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer artists. It’s produced and organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts and is the brainchild of Wise Thoughts’ Artistic Director Niranjan Kamatkar.

Wise Thoughts, established in 1999, creates dynamic arts initiatives such as GFEST and delivers services to help address social justice issues and needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Wise Thoughts projects support community cohesion and aim to inform, raise awareness and promote socio – cultural diversity using arts as a key tool to engender social change. We work strategically with other statutory and voluntary organisations to help attain these objectives. We work locally (in Haringey and North London), regionally (London and the South East), nationally and internationally depending upon the nature of each project.

GFEST is now in its 5th year and this year it runs from 7 to 20 November in venues throughout London showcasing new and established artists and arts organisations from around the world.

The visual arts exhibition takes place from 7 to 19 November at the Dreamspace Gallery near The Barbican.

The short films section takes place from 8 – 10 November at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square.

The performance section runs from 17-19 November at the Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone.

The debate: East London – Homophobia & Transphobia, a culture and arts perspective is on 15 November at Rich Mix in Shoreditch / Bethnal Green.

Events, debates and workshops run from 7 to 20 November at the above venues as well as  West Thames College, Gay’s the Word, MOSAIC Youth Centre and Ku Bar