GFEST 2015: Why it’s important to present gay composers’ music at London’s LGBT art festival

GFEST2015PerfEventbriteWhen we planned for GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2015 music concert, it was vital to ensure that we have selected a range of artists and musical works that reflect the theme for this year’s festival – (Complacent Present..)..Fragile Future? There is an element of complacency amongst both the audiences and the artists of classical music, to acknowledge the sexuality of some of the most eminent composers from past. Composers such as Tchaikovsky, Schubert or Britten whose works that have enriched and shaped the musical landscape. In selecting the work we also wanted to remember and recognise the sufferings of those such as Vladimir Horowitz or Francis Poulenc who were either forced to deny their sexuality or face possible prosecution. And as they say – ‘without a past there is no future’.

GFEST2014logoIn these financially challenging times for smaller voluntary art organisations like Wise Thoughts, it is very difficult to resource the creation of new work that may not be commercially viable, hence the only way forward, for us, seems to be to try and support artists ourselves. We hope the concert will inspire both composers, musicians and institutions, to create new works and engage with Wise Thoughts (the arts charity that organises GFEST) to showcase the works via GFEST or our other platforms.

All the money raised from the sale of music concert tickets will go towards setting up a fund to commission new works. We have kept the ticket prices very low – only £7 or £5 to help ensure we are able to encourage greater access particularly by new audiences for classical music. Audiences are also able to make an online donation when booking the tickets, and these too will help contribute to the fund.

WT-CCHlogoWe aim to commission a range of music from diverse genres.  Commissioning artists to create works that will be showcased at the next GFEST also enables them to develop work without fear of not having their voice heard or their creations not shared to a broader audience.

So we appeal everyone to purchase tickets and come and support the wonderful musicians who are performing for Tonal Future : Gulliver Ralston, Liam Bryne, The Korros Ensemble, Miles Lallemant, and Duncan Day. Please visit;   We hope people will be generous and make additional donations either via the booking link or via our own website or on the day. It would be a great to help spread the word about the concert via social media using the #TonalFuture and @GFEST. We need all the support we can get to help promote not just the concert but more importantly the fact that we are trying support the commissioning of new work.

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Highlights: GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2015 starting from next week!

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2015: London’s annual cross-art festival events dates/ time and tickets:



GFEST 2015 Films – Art House Crouch End Tues 17 November 2015: Feature The Surface + short film Tomorrow  / 8 pm BOOK Tickets

GFEST 2015 Films – Art House Crouch End Wed 18 November 2015: A series of world class short films / 8 pm BOOK Tickets 



GFEST 2015 Classical Music Performance – St Pancras Parish Church Fri 20 November 2015: Music concert presenting the works of LGBT composers and musicians. Lineup includes Gulliver Ralston, Liam ByrneThe Korros EnsembleMiles Lallemant and Duncan Day. A fundraiser for GFEST 2016 new commissions – 7.30 pm Tickets via Eventbrite / via ticketscript



GFEST 2015 Visual Arts Exhibition – MENIER GALLERY  Mon 9 to Sat 14 November  11 am – 6 pm ENTRY FREE / no tickets required.

Asian LGBTQI identities art show with works from Sunil Gupta, Charan Singh, Maya Chowdhry, Raju Rage and Raisa Kabir.



GFEST 2015 Asian art –  LGBTQI identities debate – MENIER GALLERY Sat 14 Nov 2 – 4 pm Free but booking essential – BOOK

GFEST 2015 LGBT Tour of Tate Modern Mon 16 Nov – 7 pm Free but booking essential – Call 0207 887 8888 a place book online.

GFEST 2015 Music and sexuality debate – University of Roehampton Sat 21 Nov 12 noon – 2 pm Free but booking essential BOOK

LA based director flew in to present his film at @GFEST in London

LA based director Michael J Saul is in London to present his film at GFEST 2015

Michael J Saul, the acclaimed director of gay feature drama ‘The Surface’ is now in London to present his UK premier at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2015.

The film screening will take place at ArtHouse Crouch End in London on Tuesday the 17th November at 8 pm.

Melbourne born Harry Hains, an emerging talent, stars in the film portraying a young man struggling to create his own sense of family.

GFEST 2015 artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said. ” We are delighted that Michael will be here to present his coming-of-age film in London. This is a film that can inspire a number of LGBT young filmmakers and potential filmmakers.”

Director of ‘The Surface’ Michael J Saul added, “I am very excited for our UK premiere and very happy that I get to attend. I look forward to the audience reaction to the film.”

Book your place to watch The Surface.

The second night of GFEST 2015 film screenings showcases diverse short films on Wednesday the 18th November (8 pm) at ArtHouse Crouch End. Book to watch the short films programme.

London LGBTQI cross-arts festival GFEST announces 2015 dates

GFEST2015coverweb4GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, recognised as London LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgeder, Queer and Intersex) cross-arts annual event in November has announced 2015 dates: Monday the 9th to Friday the 20 November.

GFEST 2015 programme advisors names are also announced on the festival’s website:

GFEST 2015 programme advisors include Anna McNay, Gulliver Ralston, Michael Petry, Simon Tarrant, Subodh Rathod and Lois Keidan and the artistic director is Niranjan Kamatkar.

GFEST 2015 theme is ‘(Complacent Present) …Fragile Future?’ GFEST 2015 visual arts exhibition will explore Asian identities under the theme: Asian Future. The films are planned under the theme ‘Cinema Futura’, while the performance events will be falling under ‘Tonal Future’.

The festival event in London’s LGBT calendar consists of visual arts exhibition, film screenings, performances and talks and debate focusing on the works of young and established artists and practitioners. The festival is organised by arts charity WiseThoughts and is now in its 8th year.

Catherine West, the MP for Hornsey & Wood Green where Wise Thoughts is based, said in her message of support, “I am delighted to offer my support to this year’s GFEST, celebrating some of the brightest and best talent in the LGBTQI community here and abroad.  I am looking forward to coming along to one of the events in my constituency and send my best wishes to everyone taking part this year and to Wise Thoughts for organising such a fantastic diverse programme”

GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar said, “we are very pleased to receive the support of our local MP and we continue to profile LGBT art works due to the support of eminent people, artists and audiences. Irrespective of significant funding challenges, we are confident that we can deliver the full festival programme this year.”

London’s Gay Art Festival GFEST 2015 Seeks Expression of Interest from Artists, Filmmakers and Performers

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival has announced the 2015 call for entries open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) artists on its website:
The festival accepts expression of interests from filmmakers, artists and performers in 3 main categories : Films (shorts and features), Visual Arts and Performances.

GFEST2015coverweb4NIRANJAN KAMATKAR, director of GFEST said, “This year we will work with venues that will actively promote the profile of LGBTQI artists. The festival has been offering an excellent platform for LGBT films and artworks over the last 8 years now. GFEST 2015 presents an ideal opportunity for sponsors to show their commitment to LGBT equality and diversity.”
Recognised as London’s annual gay art fest in November, GFEST in the past was supported by a number of London venues including the National Gallery, V&A and was launched in UK Parliament for over 3 years.
Invaluable to London’s diverse LGBT arts communities
GFEST is internationally recognised as a high profile event by media and other festivals.
The festival provides a unique opportunity for young talent to network and showcase works alongside the established names. Last year the festival presented new commissioned works by 3 visual artists and 2 performers. The organisers hope to present new commissioned works this year. The festival is organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts.
Visual artist and Wise Thoughts new trustee Dr Trevor Wood MBE said, “I am delighted to be associated with this year’s GFEST, a unique festival showcasing outstanding work of artists from the LGBT community and has helped many new and aspiring artists with their careers. Taking part in GFEST can help promote your work within the mainstream arts industry in London and wider afield.”

North London art organisation announces new events in Wood Green Library

A series of new events and initiatives are announced at arts charity Wise Thoughts, a North London orgnisation based in Wood Green Library in the month of March 2015 and beyond.

A Lesbian, Bi and Trans (LBT) women drop-in which will incorporate a book club, plus cultural activities. The FREE drop -in will take place on every second Thursday of the month from 5 to 7 pm in Haringey.

The month of March will also see keep fit classes with personal trainer Marios Iacovou happening on Wednesday lunch-times from 12.30 pm onwards.


And a joint half day workshop with Farah Fernandes and Subodh Rathod will explore creative movements from Yoga and the Indian classical dance of Kathak on Saturday the 21st March 2015.

The organiser Niranjan Kamatkar said, “We had a series of successful events as part of LGBT History Month (February) this year at Wise Thoughts CCH (Creative Cultural Hub), which included a lecture on Queer Art from the Tate Collection, Paradise Press and Planet London authors booking reading events, which were enjoyed by a number LGBT people.”

The organistion delivers regular gayWISE drop-in activities, Postive Rainbow drop-in for HIV+ gay, bi men and MSM along with Exotic Moves dance classes.

The drop-in sessions provide opportunities for meeting likeminded LGBT people and also exchanging information and advice.

All the events and activities will take place in Wood Green Library in North London.

Arts charity Wise Thoughts organises London’s LGBTQI cross-art festival, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, annually.

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Art Charity Wise Thoughts Announced LGBT History Month Events at Wood Green Library in February

Arts charity Wise Thoughts has organised an exciting line-up of events as part of LGBT History Month (in February 2015) this year.

On Thursday the 5th February at 5.30 pm Marcus Dickey Horley, Curator of Access Projects at Tate Modern will present an illustrated lecture: Queer Art from the Tate Collection.

KBHCL12Feb2015On Thursday the 12 February at 5.30 pm, Wise Thoughts – Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) have teamed up with Planet London to launch the Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women+guests Group Drop-in, leading talks and introducing a new book club. ‘London Calling’ Author Clare Lydon and Katie Bennett-Hall will be reading from the anthology ‘L is For’, followed by a Q&A.




ParapresscoverAnd on the third Thursday of the month, on the 19th February at 5.30 pm, an event will introduce to the work and publications of Paradise Press, an LGBT book publisher. There will be short readings (poetry, fiction and memoir) by the authors including Jeff Doorn, John Dixon & Jeremy Kingston audience questions, discussion.


More details on Wise Thoughts what’s on webpage.

Other Wise Thoughts Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) activities are also announced on Wise Thoughts what’s on page: Lunchtime Yoga, Exotic Moves, #gayWISE dropin, #PositiveRainbow dropin.

Wise Thoughts is an arts charity based in Wood Green Library in North London and delivers art/ cultural activities, services around LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) & BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) issues. Wise Thoughts organises London-wide annual LGBT cross art event: GFEST – Gaywise FESTival.

Contact: 020 888 99 555