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: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

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.”

Stonewall and GFEST team up to tackle discrimination


Stonewall today starts an exciting new community partnership with GFEST- Gaywise FESTival, London’s annual gay arts and culture festival.

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The two-week festival, starting on 10 November, will be held at venues across London.  Stonewall will be screening its hard-hitting No Bystanders film at the Rich Mix in Shoreditch and encouraging attendees to join the campaign and take a stand against discrimination of all kinds.

GFEST artistic director, Niranjan Kamatkar said, ‘We are pleased with the community partnership support to Gaywise Festival 2014 events by Stonewall UK.  With Stonewall’s ‘No Bystanders’ campaign involvement at GFEST films events at Rich Mix, we can send a strong message that in 2014 we cannot tolerate the culture of casual homophobia in any walk of life.’

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Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive, said ‘The LGBT community’s greatest strength is its diversity and creativity. Events like GFEST are a fantastic celebration of everything that we can achieve together. We’re incredibly proud to be supporting an event that allows everyone to come together and be themselves.’

No Bystanders will feature as part of GFEST’s film screenings at the Rich Mix from 15-18 November. You can see the full programme at http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival is organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts.

Life Choices For Gay People


By Helton Vilar 

The third film screening at the 2014 GFEST – Gaywise FESTival exhibits different approaches for the different and complex periods of life. A gay man reviewing his own trajectory sets the tone of The Last Farewell (2013), a short film written and directed by Swedish director Casper Andreas. Although not a frequent subject in GLBT productions, this delicate story is a profound reflection on the different stages of our life and the moment when some choices have a limited time to be made. This award-winner drama has been seen in many festivals around the world. +A LAST FAREWELL (INTERNATIONAL POSTER -jpeg) Leonardo and Gabriel 2 On the other edge, The Way He Looks is a story about young people and how their choices can also be complex. Blind teenager Leonardo is best friend with Giovana, when a boy arrives to change their relationship forever. Will Daniel’s disability influence his preferences? This new Brazilian feature production will debut with exclusivity at GFEST and has a great soundtrack, including Scottish band Belle and Sebastian. The screening of both movies happens on Monday, 17/11 at 6 pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

Wadham College Oxford Hosts London Gay Art Festival GFEST Exhibition


Wadham College, Oxford ‘Queer Week’ activities feature an exhibition of  ‘Same Sex Kiss’ by Niranjan Kamatkar. The image collages and video captured from a live installation in Trafalgar Square in Trafalgar Square and were first exhibited as part of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival in 2010.

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GFEST is recognised as ‘London’s Gay and LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) cross-art festival for all’. The Exhibition was first showcased at Westminster Reference Library Gallery , Leicester Square in November 2010 and subsequently shown at St. Ann’s Library  in North London as part of LGBT History month in 2011.

SameSexKissatWadham3 15 minutes of ‘Same Sex Kiss’ is now exhibited at Old Refectory, Wadham College, Oxford from 18 November to 23 November, 5 to 7 pm.

SameSexKissatWadham2Niranjan Kamatkar mentioned, “LGBTQI rights have been offered a boost through the hosting of the exhibition and other events in the UK by eminent college like Wadham. I hope it further asserts the unique ability of the arts to be at the forefront in shaping and presenting a cultural shift.”

An inspiring launch of London Gay Art Festival GFEST 2013 today at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham


GFEST2013launch01 GFEST2013launch04 GFEST2013launch06 GFEST – Gaywise FESTival® 2013 started today at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham with an inspiring launch event and visual arts exhibition private view.

GFEST2013launch08 GFEST2013launch07 GFEST2013launch03The speakers included Sarah Ebanja, Chair of Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Gillian Barnes, an LGBT and equalities representative from a Haringey college to NUS National committee and EvOn Musicbully who performed a  stunning teaser from her GFEST 2013 performance on this Saturday evening.

GFEST2013launch02GFEST2013launchSimonThe Festival is organised by North London based arts charity Wise Thoughts and is led by artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar.

Art Riots in Tottenham from 7 to 9 November – GFEST 2013 broader theme is ‘Art Riots’  – positive contributions by diverse artists in the community.

GFEST 2013 film events and film workshops will be on tomorrow from 2 pm onwards.

GFEST 2013 sensational Music performances, workshops and Bollywood party will take place on Saturday the 9 November .

More on all GFEST 2013 events : http://gaywisefestival.org.uk/

London Gay Art Festival GFEST – Gaywise FESTival Returns Today – in Tottenham!


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival® is recognised as ‘London’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) cross – art festival for all’. The Festival is organised by North London based arts charity Wise Thoughts led by artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar.

GFEST2013posterEOver the last six years, GFEST has been supported by the Prime Minister, Cultural Secretaries, Ministers for Arts, Mayors of London, MPs, Celebrities, intellectuals, academics and artists and is now poised to return  back today after a year’s gap. The festival will open today with visual arts exhibition.

GFEST 2013 will screen critically acclaimed  films, including the feature film ‘The new Black’ on Friday the 8 November. Hip-hop & rap music performances are billed as ‘Noisy bytes’ on Saturday the 9 November and exciting arts and film workshops will take place on the 8th and the 9th November. GFEST 2013 ‘Bollywood Blast Party’ will be the final event this year on Saturday the 9th November.

All GFEST 2013 events will take place at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottteham, London N15 4RX. The late MP Bernie Grant, in whose memory the arts centre is build, was a great champion of LGBT rights.

Art Riots in Tottenham from 7 to 9 November – GFEST 2013 broader theme is ‘Art Riots’  – positive contributions by diverse artists in the community.

More on all GFEST 2013 events : http://gaywisefestival.org.uk/

The organisers of the festival have called on the London Gay and LGBTQI community to show their ‘art pride’ by attending as many events to celebrate the festival’s return.

GFEST 2013 Performer QBoy Interview


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QBoy Image credit Pepo Bethencourt

International Hip-hop star QBoy will present his recent work at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival at Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham on 9 November 2013.

For information on GFEST 2013 performances and booking please visit : http://gaywisefestival.org.uk/performances/

A quickfire Q & A with QBoy:

What are working on right now?

Completing my current pop project – an E.P. which includes my new single ‘Music Makes Us Dance’ and my cover of ‘Pop Muzik’

Your reasons for agreeing to present your work as part of GFEST?

It’s an ideal opportunity for me to perform some of my newer material.

Why do you think events like GFEST are still necessary?

Any platform allowing LGBT artists to promote themselves, especially where they might not have opportunity elsewhere, can only be a great thing.

How would you like your work to be remembered ?

The best.

Many Thanks and best wishes to QBoy from GFEST 2013 team.