We are recognised as LGBTQI cross-arts festival over 12 years
GFEST – Gaywise FESTival® is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) cross – art festival for all. Download GFEST logo here
GFEST 2019 theme is “#QueerQueries”.
Produced by arts charity Wise Thoughts, GFEST presents LGBTQI+ films, music, performances, art exhibitions, interdisciplinary art, poetry, book reading, workshops, participatory events, debates, etc. in November.
GFEST events value and promote diverse talent from diverse art forms and promote artistic excellence. Celebrating diversity continues to ensure LGBTQI+ equal rights and reduces possible discrimination. GFEST ethos is to develop cultural and social equality for and amongst diverse LGBTQI+ people from all age groups including people from different religious or/and cultural backgrounds. The festival supports individual creative abilities and participation in society.
Some of the past GFEST venues: The National Gallery, V&A, RADA, The Tate Modern, Cochrane Theatre, Cockpit Theatre, Rich Mix, Prince Charles Cinema, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Birkbeck College, Toynbee studios, Westminster Ref Library, Menier Gallery, ArtHouse Crouch End, St Pancras Parish Church, RVT, Uni. Arts London (Davis Street / London Fashion College), Gay’s The Word bookshop, University of Roehampton, Shadow Lounge, Bar Titania and Mackenzie Pavillion Gallery in Fusbury Park.
Past GFEST Launch Receptions took place in Houses of Parliament, The City Hall & K&L Gates.
GFEST – Gaywise FESTival was the first LGBT art festival to have the launch receptions in the UK Parliament over the three years (2008 to 2010) with a cross-party support. GFEST has received support from a number of eminent people. Please check for messages of support page.
GFEST artistic director: Niranjan Kamatkar