02 April 2011

London’s Gay Art Festival GFEST Announces 2011 Call For Entries (UK)

Post date: 02 April 2011
Deadline: 27 June 2011

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011 Call for submissions now OPEN

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival has announced the call for entries – open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB & T) and queer artists on its website: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk

The festival accepts submissions in 3 main categories : Short Films, Visual Arts and Performances.

The festival was supported by the Prime Minister David Cameron, Mayor of London and past & present cultural ministers last year. This will be fifth year for GFEST and Arts Council England has also supported the ever evolving festival programme over the past 4 years.

GFEST was forced to face a controversy last year when its visual arts exhibition was deemed partly unsuitable for some children’s groups by the exhibition venue in Camden last year.

NIRANJAN KAMATKAR, GFEST director said, “This year our planning is better and we will work with venues who are committed to promote profile of LGBT, queer arts. The festival offers excellent platform for LGBT films and artworks. GFEST 2011 presents an ideal opportunity for sponsors to show their commitment to LGBT equality in all walks of life.”

Recognised as London’s annual gay art fest in November, GFEST was supported by a number of London venues including National Gallery and V & A in the past.

GFEST is internationally recognised as high profile festival by media and other festivals. The festival is supported by celebrities like Stephen Fry, Sarah Waters and Peter Tatchell. Present ministers including Jeremy Hunt, ED Vaizey, Lynne Featherstone, London’s Mayor Boris Johnson and former ministers David Lammy MP, Ben Bradshaw MP and Lord Chris Smith had also supported the work of the festival.

For more information, photography, in-depth stories or to arrange an interview with Niranjan Kamatkar, Artistic Director of GFEST 2011 and Wise Thoughts, please contact: Subodh Rathod, Wise Thoughts / GFEST – Gaywise FESTival

Telephone: 020 8889 9555

Email: info@wisethoughts.org

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival is the premier LGBT annual cross-arts festival in London – a platform for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer artists. Produced and organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, GFEST is the brainchild of Wise Thoughts’ Artistic Director Niranjan Kamatkar.

Selection Panel for GFEST 2011, this year’s cover images and updates will be published soon on GFEST web.

More information here.
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