Annual London LGBT Art Event GFEST 2016 Concluded This Year on a High Note


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, recognised as London’s LGBTQI cross-arts annual event in November comprised of film screenings, art exhibition, debates and concluded with music and new dance performances at RADA Studios on 19 November.

Organiseed by arts Charity Wise Thoughts, the festival successfully completed its 9th year and it has been recognised by many as one of the most diverse LGBTQI festivals in UK. The organisers are already planning GFEST 2017 events, including the theme and programme, to mark the 10th anniversary of the festival next year.

Some images from GFEST 2016 events as below:

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LONDON cross-art festival GFEST 2016 started with a bang; films and performances are on from this weekend.


London’s annual LGBTQI cross-art and cultural event in November GFEST – Gaywise FESTival started on 7 November this year. There was a big visual arts exhibition ‘arty-party’ at Menier Gallery near London Bridge on Tuesday 8 November. A number of eminent people from arts and culture world of London attended and enjoyed the exhibition, which remains open to public until 12 November. The exhibition has already been seen by hundreds of people and the works of well known LGBTQI artists and fresh talent is showcased. Headlining the free entry visual arts events are Ajamu X and Khalil West, Jason Carr, Jose Gomez, Niranjan Kamatkar, Sarah Jane Moon, Simon Croft and Veronica Slater.

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GFEST 2016 artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar spoke at the exhibition, outlining the long term relationship that the festival enjoys in its 9th year with artistic and LGBTQ communities.

GFEST is organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts and one of the trustees, Dr Rainer Schulze spoke passionately about GFEST 2016 films line-up that  begins from Saturday 12 November. The film programme opens with feature drama Jonathan at Rich Mix in Shoreditch this weekend. The festival will showcase recently completed LGBT feature films and some UK and London premieres such as Brothers of the Night at Arthouse Crouch End on Monday 14 November, Gender Troubles on 14 November and The Pearl on 15 November at Rich Mix. The short films night at Arthouse on Thursday 17 November include some of the best UK LGBTQI short films made or exhibited in 2016: Denise, Open Plan, Dawn and Away with Me.

A special African LGBT cinema evening with 2 screenings will be at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on 13 November with community group Q&A.

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GFEST 2016 performances evening details were outlined by Subodh Rathod, who has been one of the organisers from the beginning of the festival in 2007.

‘Marginal Play’– a double-bill evening full of LGBTQI music and dance will be on at RADA Studio in Chenies Street on Saturday 19 November.
gfest2016perfpic11The evening will start with composer Benjamin Tassie performing his music set for acoustic instruments and electronics.  He has also developed a new music piece for an original dance work ‘Marg – a pathway’ which will conclude the double bill. Specially commissioned for GFEST 2016, this dance work offers two narratives from the Indian epic Mahabharata, exploring the ageless nature of gender fluidity and sexual diversity. The dance work, choreographed by Subodh Rathod, is presented in collaboration with the University of Roehampton dance and music departments.

GFEST 2016 film, performances and visual arts events information and details can be found on the website: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

London’s Gay Art Festival GFEST 2016 to Start Next Week in Venues Across the UK Capital


“In 2007, when I first started GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, we had very few cross arts platforms in London to showcase the works of LGBTQI artists and filmmakers.” said GFEST 2016 artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar. He added, “In 2016, there is still a need for mainstream arts providers to sit up, take notice and provide platforms for excellent arts, films and performances that are created by LGBTQ communities across UK.”

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AN ECLECTIC SHOWCASE OF ART, FILMS AND PERFORMANCE WORK BY LGBTQI ARTISTS FROM LONDON, UK AND BEYOND

9th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® in venues across London. GFEST 2016 Theme is: OUT [in the Margins] : www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

An annual platform for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) artists and organisations, the 9th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® runs Monday 7 – Saturday 19 November 2016 in venues across London.

 The GFEST 2016 full programme details are live on the GFEST website: http://gaywisefestival.org.uk

VISUAL ARTS: ‘Beyond Margins’ 
A series of challenging and insightful works can be seen at GFEST 2016 visual art exhibition at Menier Gallery, (Upper Gallery), from 7 November to 12 November. This year’s line up of artists include: Ajamu X and Khalil West, Jason Carr, Jose Gomez, Niranjan Kamatkar, Sarah Jane Moon, Simon Croft and Veronica Slater. Free entry.

A panel discussion OUT [in the Margins] will take place on Saturday 12 November at the Menier Gallery exploring how the work presented at the exhibition relates to or contrasts with preconceived notions.

On Sunday 13 November, Sara Wajid, the renowned museum professional will take us on the GFEST 2016 queer art tour at the Tate Modern public exhibition in the new Switch House.

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GFEST 2016 films explore these themes with a feature-length line-up that includes recently completed LGBT works and some UK and London premieres: Jonathan, Brothers of the Night, The Pearl and Gender Troubles. Short films include a number of UK films: Denise, Open Plan, Dawn and Away with Me. The film events will take place at the Rich Mix cinema in Shoreditch and the Arthouse Crouch End cinema in from 12 to 17 November and will include filmmakers Q&A with the audience.
A special African LGBT cinema evening is planned at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on 13 November with community group Q&A.

PERFORMANCES: ‘Marginal Play’

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This double-bill evening full of LGBTQI music and dance is at RADA Studio in Chenies Street on Saturday 19 November.
The evening starts with composer Benjamin Tassie performing his music set for acoustic instruments and electronics.  He has also developed a new music piece for an original dance work ‘Marg – a pathway’ which concludes the double bill. Specially commissioned for GFEST 2016, this dance work offers two narratives from the Indian epic Mahabharata, exploring the ageless nature of gender fluidity and sexual diversity. Choreographed by Subodh Rathod and presented in collaboration with the University of Roehampton dance and music departments.

This is a fundraiser event for GFEST 2016 and GFEST 2017 new commissions to ensure that GFEST becomes an even stronger platform for LGBTQI artists.

London Art Festival GFEST 2016 Performers inspired by historic LGBTQ stories


A double-bill evening full of LGBTQI music and dance is at RADA Studios in Chenies Street on Saturday 19 November 2016.
An annual platform for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) artists and organisations, the 9th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® runs Monday 7 – Saturday 19 November 2016 at venues across London.
The GFEST 2016 music and dance performance details are live on the GFEST website: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/performance/
PERFORMANCES: ‘Marginal Play’
The evening starts with composer Benjamin Tassie performing his music set for acoustic instruments and electronics.  He has also developed a new music piece for an original dance work ‘MARG – a pathway’ which concludes the double bill.
Specially commissioned for GFEST 2016, ‘MARG – a pathway’ dance work offers two narratives from the Indian epic Mahabharata, a dynamic contemporary interpretation exploring the ageless nature of gender fluidity and sexual diversity. Choreographed by Subodh Rathod , the work pushes gender specific movement boundaries and focuses on hitherto hidden historical narratives through dance; presented in collaboration with the University of Roehampton dance department.

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This is a fundraiser event for GFEST 2016 and GFEST 2017 new commissions to ensure that GFEST becomes an even stronger platform for LGBTQI artists.

“In 2016, some artists and some LGBTQI people still feel that aspects of their ‘Out & Proud’ identities can be seen as marginalised and the contrast is explored in this year’s GFEST theme,” says GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar . “Despite all the fundraising challenges, we are still carrying on, putting forward a message that GFEST is there for the celebration of all LGBT performers, promoting artistic excellence at the heart of contemporary LGBTQI stories.”

 

LGBT films come out fighting for their rightful place in mainstream cinema at London art fest GFEST 2016.


gfest2016pic9LGBT Feature and short films line up to showcase at Rich Mix Cinema in Shoreditch on 12, 14 and 15 November. GFEST 2016 film screenings continue on 14 and 17 November at Arthouse Crouch End. An ‘African LGBTQ Community Cinema’ event with 2 screenings will take place at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on Sunday 13 November.

An annual platform for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) artists and organisations, the 9th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® runs Monday 7 – Saturday 19 November 2016 at venues across London. The films deal with GFEST 2016 theme, highlighting the contrast between ‘out and marginal’ identities.

The GFEST 2016 full film programme (from Saturday 12 to Thursday 17 November) details are live on the GFEST website:  

http://gaywisefestival.org.uk/films 

FILMS: ‘Crossing the Marginal’
GFEST 2016 films explore themes of fighting back from margins, with a line-up that includes recently completed LGBTQI works and some UK and London premieres of feature-length and short films.

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A Still from GFEST 2016 feature film JONATHAN

The film programme opens on Saturday 12 November at Rich Mix with moving film Jonathan, a feature drama (Germany 2015, English subtitles) about a complicated father-son relationship and a long-kept family secret: a visually striking debut by director Piotr J. Lewandowski.

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A Still from GFEST 2016 feature lenghth documentary Gender Troubles
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A Still from GFEST 2016 feature film The Pearl

On 14 November GFEST 2016 shows feature length documentary Gender Troubles: The Butches (USA 2016) by director Lisa Plourde, which gives a voice to women who may look and or act in ways that society has decided is appropriate only for men; followed on 15 November by Jessica Dimmock and Christopher LaMarca’s The Pearl (USA 2016), a fascinating portrayal of the experiences of four middle-aged transgender women.

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A Still from GFEST 2016 feature film Brothers of the Night
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A Still from GFEST 2016 short film If I met a Magician

14 November will see the London premiere of Patric Chiha’s docudrama style feature film Brothers of the Night (Austria 2016, English subtitles), based on the lives of a group of young Roma men from Bulgaria who sell their bodies at gay venues in Vienna, will be unveiled at Arthouse Crouch End, along with Shaked Goren’s short film If I met a Magician (Israel 2015).

The 17 November screening of LGBTQ short films include a number of UK films: Denise by director Kenneth O’TooleOpen Plan directed by Daniel MurthaJake Graf’s film DawnMasterful Hermit directed by Reg Noyes and Oliver Mason’s Away with Me – showcasing the best and most vibrant of UK LGBT film talent in recent time.

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A Still from GFEST 2016 short film Dawn
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A Still from GFEST 2016 short film Denise
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A Still from GFEST 2016 short film No Matter Who
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A Still from GFEST 2016 short film The Mermaid and the Whale

A special event focusing on African LGBTIQ communities will take place at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on 13 November.

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A Still from African LGBTQ film Umunthu
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A still from African LGBTQ feature drama OUTED: The Painful Reality

Under the themes of Pain and Resilience and Hope, a double bill will include feature length Outed: The Painful Reality (Uganda 2015) together with the latest short documentary film Police Raid on Pride Uganda 2016 at 5.30 pm, followed at 8.00 pm by documentaries And Still We Rise (Uganda 2015), a story of courage and resilience, Umunthu (Malawi 2013) which explores complexities of tolerance, acceptance, Being Unbound (UK/Tanzania 2015) which looks at rarely discussed African trans identities and music video Same Love – Remix (Kenya) which was banned in Kenya. Doors open at 4.00 pm to give ample time for intros and Q/A with filmmakers as well as discussions with community groups.

“A number of GFEST 2016 films deal with ‘Out, Proud and loud’ messages and narratives in a unique way from the margins of social identities,” says GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar. “We are proud to be promoting cinematic excellence being at the heart of LGBTQI future.”

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Video: GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2016 showreel released


London’s eclectic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) cross art festival showcases film screenings, art exhibition and performance works by LGBTQI artists, for full programme details check: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2016 showreel released now on Youtube:

An annual event in November also includes debate and talks.

GFEST 2016 dates: Monday the 7th November to Saturday the 19th November 2016.

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Adjust your margins! LGBTQI artists showcase their artistic bent at London art fest GFEST 2016


AN ECLECTIC SHOWCASE OF ART, FILMS AND PERFORMANCE WORK BY LGBTQI ARTISTS FROM LONDON, UK AND BEYOND

gfest2016web3Monday 7 November – Saturday 19 November 2016

www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

An annual platform for LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) artists and organisations, the 9th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® runs Monday 7 – Saturday 19 November 2016 at venues across London.

The GFEST 2016 full programme details are live on the GFEST website: http://gaywisefestival.org.uk .

992_496_mayor_6379_may2016The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As a Mayor for all Londoners, I want to say loud and clear that our city is open to everyone – regardless of background or sexuality.  We don’t simply tolerate each other, but respect, embrace and celebrate our differences. GFEST is a unique event in London’s cultural calendar, reaching out to the wider international LGBTQI community and celebrating the work of LGBTQI artists and performers. It showcases our diversity and highlights our reputation as one of the most LGBT friendly cities in the world.”

“In 2016 some artists and some LGBTQI people still feel that aspects of their ‘Out & Proud’ identities can be seen as marginalised and this contrast is explored in this year’s GFEST theme,” says GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar. “Despite all the fundraising challenges, we are still carrying on, putting forward a message that GFEST is there for the celebration of all LGBT artists and practitioners, promoting artistic excellence being at the heart of LGBTQI future.”

gfest2016web4FILMS: ‘Crossing the Marginal’
GFEST 2016 films explore these themes with a feature-length line-up that includes recently completed LGBT works and some UK and London premieres: Jonathan, Brothers of the Night, Gender Troubles. Short films include a number of UK films: Denise, Open Plan, Dawn and Away with Me. The film events will take place at the Rich Mix cinema in Shoreditch and the Arthouse Crouch End cinema in from 12 to 17 November and will include filmmakers Q&A with the audience.
A special African LGBT cinema evening is planned at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on 13 November with community group Q&A.

gfest2016web1PERFORMANCES: ‘Marginal Play’

This double-bill evening full of LGBTQI music and dance is at RADA Studio in Chenies Street on Saturday 19 November.
The evening starts with composer Benjamin Tassie performing his music set for acoustic instruments and electronics.  He has also developed a new music piece for an original dance work ‘Marg – a pathway’ which concludes the double bill. Specially commissioned for GFEST 2016, this dance work offers two narratives from the Indian epic Mahabharata, exploring the ageless nature of gender fluidity and sexual diversity. Choreographed by Subodh Rathod and presented in collaboration with the University of Roehampton dance and music departments.

This is a fundraiser event for GFEST 2016 and GFEST 2017 new commissions to ensure that GFEST becomes an even stronger platform for LGBTQI artists.

gfest2016vajointdetail2VISUAL ARTS: ‘Beyond Margins’ 
A series of challenging and insightful works can be seen at GFEST 2016 visual art exhibition at Menier Gallery, (Upper Gallery), from 7 November to 12 November. This year’s line up of artists include: Ajamu X and Khalil West, Jason Carr, Jose Gomez, Niranjan Kamatkar, Sarah Jane Moon, Simon Croft and Veronica Slater. Free entry.

A panel discussion OUT [in the Margins] will take place on Saturday 12 November at the Menier Gallery exploring how the work presented at the exhibition relates to or contrasts with preconceived notions.

On Sunday 13 November, Sara Wajid, the renowned museum professional will take us on the GFEST 2016 queer art tour at the Tate Modern public exhibition in the new Switch House.

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