Wise Thoughts

London's LGBT Art Festival Is Proud To Highlight Future Trends.

Press Release   •   Sep 20, 2010 17:28 BST

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival, 'London's LGBT and queer cross - art festival for all', has announced
an exciting and ambitious 2010 programme. The festival will take place across London in
prestigious venues including The National Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Rich Mix,
Hampstead Town Hall and Cochrane Theatre.


GFEST 2010 runs for two weeks from Monday 8 November 2010 to Sunday 21 November 2010.
The full festival programme can be found on GFEST website:

The festival focuses on three categories covering Short Films, Visual Arts and Performances.
Complimenting the programme are a series of talks, debate and parties. It has been seen as
hugely successful art event where thousands of Londoners enjoy and benefit from the showcase
of emerging and established gay talent.

NIRANJAN KAMATKAR, the artistic director of GFEST said, “We are proud to present young and
trendsetting British talent alongside the International artists, filmmakers and performers. GFEST
2010 artists will benefit from presenting their work in celebrated venues and from GFEST 2010
media partners like BBC Film Network.”

He added, “I am confident that GFEST 2010 programme is a thrilling mix of diversity with the
widest possible range of life-changing artistic expressions from the LGBT community.”

“The biggest thing going on in London right now..” – BBC London (Nov 09)

GFEST 2010 artists were selected through an open call, applications were received from all over
UK and the world including USA, Europe, Israel and Thailand. The selection panel members had
a hard task of selecting the entries due to high calibre of work.

The Festival is recognised as one of the four key events taking place in the capital's annual LGBT
(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender) calendar.

Invaluable to London’s diverse LGBT arts communities – MAYOR OF LONDON

In his message of support gay and human rights activist PETER TATCHELL said that GFEST artists
are in the “frontline of queer culture, articulating our identities, experiences, triumphs and
tragedies.” He also noted,“At a time when arts funding is threatened, it is more important than
ever to support GFEST. Go See.”

STEPHEN FRY in his recent message to GFEST- Gaywise FESTival said that he is “Proud and happy
to support GFEST 2010, which does so much to promote the work of LGBT artists everywhere.”
JEREMY HUNT, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport said, “The Festival is
an extremely popular event in the LGBT calendar and is an exciting platform for both London
and the arts.”

Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs
from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.


For more information, photography, in-depth stories or to arrange an interview with Niranjan
Kamatkar, Artistic Director of GFEST 2010 and Wise Thoughts, please contact:
Subodh Rathod, Wise Thoughts / GFEST – Gaywise FESTival
Tel: 020 8889 9555
www.wisethoughts.org / www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

Established in 1999, Wise Thoughts creates dynamic arts initiatives such as GFEST– Gaywise FESTival, and delivers services to help address social justice issues and needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Our projects support community cohesion and aim to inform, raise awareness and promote socio - cultural diversity using arts as a key tool to engender social change. We work strategically with other statutory and voluntary organisations to help attain these objectives. We work locally (in Haringey and North London), regionally (London and the South East), nationally and internationally depending upon the nature of each project.