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LGBT History Month 2015 events started in Haringey, more to follow


LGBT History Month 2015 events started yesterday in Haringey, and are organised by art charity Wise Thoughts in Wood Green Library.

Events kicked off with ‘Queer art from the Tate Collection’ – an illustrated lecture by Marcus Dickey Horley. The lecture was very well-received  last night.

Some images from the event:

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Work of Robert Mapplethorpe compared to Cecil Beaton’s as the part of the lecture
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Keith Vaughan painting Small Assembly of Figures 1951
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Sir Jacob Epstein’s sculpture Jacob and the Angel 1940
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1984 work Existers by Gilbert and George.

Check for upcoming events at Wise Thoughts Creative Cultural Hub (CCH) on Thursdays: 12th February, there will be Book reading & Launch of the LBT Women+guests group and on 19 February Paradise Press authors book reading will take place.

Wise Thoughts what’s on events:

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: info@wisethoughts.org/ 020 888 99 555

Online news, media coverage of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 events


Following are the links to online news, listing and media coverage of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 events: Pinknews , ArtLyst , So So Gay , So So Gay Films , The Gay UK , West End Extra , Culture 24 , Stonewall , Twisted Male Mag , Bent Mag, GScene , DIVA , Gaydar Blog , Planet London , Ilga Europe , MailOut mag , Arts Thread , Tower Hamlets arts , Festival Insight and London Live amongst many others.

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GFEST 2014 Events Prove London Is The Top ‘LGBT Friendly’ Place


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, an ‘all arts – all welcome’ art fest in eclectic London came to close last weekend on Saturday the 22 November. A number of films, performances, visual arts events combined with debates took place in venues all over London, including Menier Gallery near London Bridge, Rich Mix in Shoreditch, RADA studios in central London, Roehampton University and Bar Titania on Charing Cross Road.

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GFEST 2014 artistic director Niranjan DSC_0051Kamatkar commented on what many visitors described as ‘a successful event’. He said, “Now in its seventh year, the response we received at every GFEST 2014 event from 10th to 22nd November was phenomenal. It shows why we want to set this festival in London. The overwhelmingly positive response received for LGBT artists, films and performers during the festival proves  that London has emerged as the top ‘LGBT friendly’ place, a city that is viewed by many as cultural capital of the world now.”

There were almost two events showcasing LGBT talent every day, spread over the two weeks period, where a number of potentially controversial works were exhibited.  GFEST 2014 programme included the works from: British artist Sadie Lee presenting her take on Francois Boucher’s erotic paintings, Cabaret performer Bird La Bird presenting strong political commentary through her show and filmmaker Richard Mansfield’s horror film ‘The Secret Path’ – a debut in a rare LGBT genre.

Niranjan added, “I am pleasantly surprised by the warmth shown by London audiences to the works presented during the last fortnight at GFEST. Both straight or gay couples, across all age ranges, commented on how much they enjoyed the art works through their feedback. The events broke barriers with a number of young men from diverse cultural backgrounds, who described themselves as straight, were visibly very comfortable to visit the exhibition and admire the works. Although we hear or know of violent attacks on LGBT community members in London, the fantastic reception of events like GFEST 2014 sends a message that if we are not complacent in the present, then we will have a less fragile future ahead.”

Early statistical figures show more than half of audiences who attended the event fall into  the 22 -44 age group and nearly a third of them described themselves from Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

 

 

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.

A short film with a deep drama at GFEST 2014


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In 12 minutes, The Last Farewell (2013) features a delicate story of a gay man who decides to review his own life, reflecting about his successes and failures, unveiling a path to comprehension and forgiveness. In this quick interview, Swedish director Casper Andreas tells us more in detail about this award-winner production.

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How do you describe “The Last Farewell”?

The short answer is that it’s an alternative family drama about life and death! Sounds dramatic and it is in a way, but it’s also a sweet love story dealing with acceptance and forgiveness.

We see “new” topics related to LGBT people, not usually explored in cinema, such as maturity, death…

There are a few films out there about LGBT characters dealing with those things. It certainly was something new for me to explore though (I’m mostly known for my romantic comedies) but its been amazing to see how audiences of all ages are able to relate to the characters and what they are going through.

How was filming it?

Like always the challenges when filming an independent film was time and money. We had an amazing two-day shoot though. My actors were just wonderful and the film team was so supportive making sure we got everything we needed finished in those two days.

Would you like to highlight any part in specific?

Well there is a moment in the second part of the film when the main character does a quick turn that I’m super happy with. I think that sequence is very powerful and I hope everyone is paying attention at that moment. But it’s a 12 min film so hopefully they will be paying attention throughout.

The screening happens as part of GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 film screening programme on Monday, 17/11 at 12 pm at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA

 

@GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014 Brochure


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival from 10 to 22 November venues : films & cabaret at Rich Mix (15 to 18 Nov), Dance at RADA Studio (20 Nov), Art exhibition at Menier Gallery (10 to 22 Nov), Bar Titania (a new event: Authors book reading ‘L is for..’ free entry – turn up on 13 Nov at 6 pm ) & debate at Roehampton University (19 Nov)

Download : GFEST2014Ebrochure  & See full event list (10 to 22 Nov)