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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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.

GFEST 2013 Artist: London Needs To Bring Many LGBT Artists In One Place


Portrait Photographer Marta Kochanek will present a series of her work from the project ‘LME series’ at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2013 ‘Riot of Colours’ exhibition LMEProject_1cropat Bernie Grant Arts Centre. The festival will take place during 7 to 9 November and comprises of film screening, visual art exhibition, performances, workshops and a Bollywood themed party.

More on GFEST 2013 events and booking information: http://gaywisefestival.org.uk/

We asked Marta a few questions about her work.

What are working on right now?

There are some new photography projects on which I am working right now, however it is still to early to make a statement as at this stage I concentrate on research. I also actively promote and develop finished photography projects and We Love We Make We Exists is one of them.

How do you see your artwork?

I am a Portrait Photographer and no matter if it is a commission or a personal project I do concentrate on people. I am very much intrigued in the unpredictable results obtained from the experiment between the subject and myself. I am pretty much inspired by people. I am actually inspired by people obsessively. The discovery of people’s charisma, mood, and emotion at the exact moment the shutter clicks is what makes my photographs more than a mere shot.

I do mainly start with a concept in my mind but once I’m on set in front of the person I am to photograph … I just let the energy guide.

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

I participated in last year group exhibition showing my previous project about Queer Artists. I received a very positive feedback and I did enjoy a very friendly atmosphere during the show. My Queer’ists Project was very warm welcomed by the organizers and also the audience. Being very much interested in knowing and meeting new people I did not think twice this year and I happily joined!

Why do you think events like GFEST are still necessary?

Of course! London needs such kind of events that brings up many LGBT artists in one place.

How would you like yourself or your work to be remembered?

My aim was to create a clear and positive image of random homosexual families to show off as well as prove all values that homosexual family can deliver to raise healthy and happy children. I wanted to speak loud and reach attention of both homosexual as well as heterosexual families. Taking into account the whole year I think I can say that I met an end.

 A last word?

Be creative and be yourself, always!

Many thanks and best wishes to Marta from GFEST 2013 team.