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/

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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

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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.”

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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, 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.

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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.

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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London Gay Art Festival GFEST 2016: Images Released


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9th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2016 , which is recognised as London’s “All Arts, All Welcome” festival has release some images from this years programme at the announcement of full programme.

GFEST 2016 films, performances, visual arts and debates events will take place from 7 to 19 November in venues across London.

See the exclusive GFEST 2016 preview images as below.

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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2016 programme to be announced soon on GFEST website.

GFEST presents South Asian LGBT identities at Southbank Centre’s Alchemy 2016.


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See ‘Towards Marg’, an exhibition exploring South Asian LGBT identities in political and cultural scenes.

‘Towards Marg’ features the photographic and image work of four artists: Charan Singh, Raisa Kabir, Sushil Mangaonkar and Balbir Krishan. ‘Marg’ is Sanskrit for pathway, and the exhibition looks at the various journeys South Asian LGBT people take through life.

The dates for the mini-series exhibition are from Wednesday the 18th May to Monday 30th May 2016. It will be open for Alchemy 2016 visitors from 10am – 11pm on Level 2 Foyer (Blue Side) at Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre.

Wise Thoughts artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar, who presents the exhibition ‘Towards Marg’ said, “I am excited to highlight the work as part of Alchemy 2016 at the Southbank Centre, which also marks IDAHOT (International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia) on 17th May. It is about time that we encourage greater visibility and platform the artistic excellence within South Asian LGBT identities.”

Alchemy, Southbank Centre’s annual festival celebrating the cultural connections between South Asia and the UK. Now in its seventh year, Alchemy is also the largest South Asian festival outside of the subcontinent.

Wise Thoughts is a London-based arts charity dedicated to creating and showcasing LGBTQI arts and culture. Established in 1999, they work on projects involving LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) and BAME (Black, Asian Minority Ethnic) artists, filmmakers and practitioners. They also organise multidisciplinary art events such as GFEST- Gaywise FESTival, London’s annual LGBT cross-art festival, held in November.

London Gay Art Festival GFEST 2015 was a Success


GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® 2015

(COMPLACENT PRESENT)… FRAGILE FUTURE?

2015 HIGHLIGHTS — SOLD OUT EVENTS — QUESTIONS ABOUT GAY RIGHTS RAISED WITH BRITISH PM DAVID CAMERON — SOLIDARITY WITH PARIS AND DEFIANCE AGAINST ISIS

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The 8th GFEST – Gaywise FESTival ® came to a close this weekend after a successful two week run. The festival enjoyed a good turnout for its week-long visual art exhibition ASIAN FUTURE, challenging perceptions of Asian LGBTQI identities at London’s Menier Gallery. This was matched by a good turnout for GFEST’s TONAL FUTURE evening dedicated to gay composers past and present, with their compositions performed in St Pancras Parish Church by LGBT musicians. The corresponding panel discussions were also successful and well attended.

GFEST’s CINEMA FUTURA film screenings at ArtHouse Crouch End was sold out. GFEST’s special LGBT tour of Tate Modern, led by artist Michael Petry, was another successful, sold out event.

Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of GFEST commented: “We got a fabulous response from both the artists and audiences, saying that they thoroughly enjoyed participating in the events. It was all due to high quality artistic contributions, not only by the artists but also by the guest curators and programme advisors.”

Festival organisers and artists took the opportunity of GFEST to make several important statements. On the eve of Diwali, India’s festival of light, an appeal was made to British Prime Minister David Cameron. In a letter to the PM, GFEST’s Subodh Rathod urged David Cameron to discuss LGBT rights in India with the Indian PM, whose visit to Britain coincided with Diwali and with GFEST’s ASIAN FUTURE visual art exhibition. With GFEST’s TONAL FUTURE music concert taking place exactly one week from the horrific events of Paris, and with extremists in the Middle East killing LGBT people and destroying art, GFEST took a moment during the concert to show solidarity with the people of Paris and with LGBT people in Syria and beyond.

With this year’s festival, GFEST challenged its audiences to question and not blindly accept the status quo, with the theme: (Complacent Present)… Fragile Future? It turned out to be an especially pertinent, timely theme that highlighted a promising future for the LGBTQI artistic community.

GFEST will return next year – 2016 dates to be announced.

GFEST 2015 LGBT art tour at Tate Modern

GFEST- Gaywise FESTival 2015 music concert

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2015 DEBATE: ASIAN LGBTQI