• GFEST 2013 takes place at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham from 7-9 November
  • UK Black Pride selected as community partner for the GFEST LGBT arts festival

UKBPGFESTWith just three weeks to go until GFEST  2013 – Britain’s biggest community-led, not-for-profit arts event showcasing African, Asian, Caribbean and minority ethnic lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans peoples’ artistic talents – the arts charity Wise Thoughts is proud to announce its community partnership with the award-winning UK Black Pride.

Now in its sixth year, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival – will run activities from 7–9 November at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Town Hall Approach Rd, Tottenham, London, N15 4RX. The festival is recognised as a leading platform for multi-media arts and entertainment with artists and performers offering the best in art, film and performance. GFEST 2013 offers film screenings, music performances, creative workshops, a Bollywood party and visual arts exhibition. With a commitment to offer something to suit all tastes, the focus on ‘Pride in Diversity’ is an especially fitting tribute to the late MP Bernie Grant, in whose memory the arts centre was built, because he was a strong supporter of equality for LGBT communities.

The theme for GFEST 2013 is ‘Art Riots – positive contributions by diverse artists in the community’ which acknowledges Tottenham’s powerful legacy of fighting inequality and exclusion which has been a catalyst for many artistic responses.

UK Black Pride is proud to be a grassroots-led movement of race, faith and LGBT groups and trade union community allies. It shows that putting people and politics at the heart of marking pride in our LGBT community’s progress is the most effective way to pursue the fight for equality, inclusion and steadfast opposition to all forms of bigotry in every section of society.

GFEST and Wise Thoughts Artistic Director, Niranjan Kamatkar, said: “We’ve organised GFEST 2013 because of the determination shown by LGBTQI artists – particularly those from BAME backgrounds – to showcase the depth of our talents and to make a positive contribution in Tottenham with an exciting programme of events.”

Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, UK Black Pride Executive Director, said: “We’re proud to support Wise Thoughts who have organised this GFEST. Festivals such as this put the entire Black community at the centre of arts and cultural education and enjoyment which Black LGBT people have made an immeasurable contribution to over the years. Everyone is welcome and we’re certain that everyone will be empowered and entertained.” 

For tickets to attend GFEST activities please visit the website: www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

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