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GFEST 2011 is to start the exciting artistic journey next week on the 7th November 2011. Now in its fifth year, GFEST is widely recognised as ‘London’s annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) cross-art festival for all’ . Opening up with an exciting visual arts exhibition at the Dreamspace Gallery on Monday 7 November, it will be an exciting look at the wide scope of gay arts in this country.

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A still for GFEST 2011 film

Film makers, provocateurs, drag acts, lesbian hip hop artists, symphonic wind groups, anarcho electro punks and London cabaret scene stars are all participants in GFEST 2011.

GFEST 2011 short film screenings at the Prince Charles Cinema on 8, 9 and 10 November  feature Hong Khaou whose film Spring debuted at Sundance this year, Sydney based director Craig Boreham, Liane Lang and Betsy Kalin amongst others covering trends in lesbian culture, amateur boxing, transition in relationships and teenage secrets. This year the short film screenings also include 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’ focusing on refuge for elderly and vulnerable gays in Manila since 1969 and Jason Bradbury’s ‘We Once Were Tide’.

Art work from Simon Croft

Together they cover a variety of themes ranging from discrimination and migration to gender ambiguity and homophobia across the world via one night stands and young people’s issues around sexuality!

The festival organisers are delighted to have a wide range of  artists taking part in this year’s visual arts exhibition including Jason C Woodson, Boa Swindler, Gozra Lozano, Sadie Hennessy, Deric Ch’ng , Eloquent Graffiti, Paul Chisholm, Marta Kochanek, Simon Croft, Peter A Leigh and Jan Morley amongst others.

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

GFEST 2011 performance artists also cover a wide range taking in the political agitation of electro punk of Ste McCabe, the Pink Singers and V G Lee who gives us her take on lesbian life in the slow lane.

Holestar

EvOn is a young lesbian rapper giving her unique spin on urban, hip-hop and soul music and GFEST 2011 also sees the return of Marcus Reeves who will be performing a selection of songs from his first decade of solo performance and his forthcoming debut album. These and many more performance events will all take place at The Cockpit Theatre in Marylebone on 17, 18 and 19 November.

GFEST 2011 arts events, debates, parties and workshops run from 7 to 20 November at venues across London.

for full programme and booking information please visit: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

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. http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/
For more information, photo call and interviews opportunities please contact:  0208 889 9555 / info@wisethoughts.org

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.

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