The Gaywise FESTival, aka GFEST, celebrates its 10th anniversary with a full programme of art, film and performance from Monday (13 Nov) until Saturday 25 November at venues across London.
Organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, visitors can expect to find a visual art exhibition at the Menier Gallery in Southwark, which runs for the duration of the festival, plus films at the Rich Mix Cinema on Bethnal Green Road and ArtHouse Crouch End, as well as an evening of music and cabaret at St Pancras (New) Parish Church.
GFEST Artistic Director, Niranjan Kamatkar, told Boyz: “When we started GFEST in 2007, it was a different time; stories were told in a slightly different way. Today we are telling stories with the advantage of social media and technologies. We have stepped forward in winning legal battles and recognition. But the battle continues for gaining full and equal social acceptance. It is about who we are and who we love. We are still telling these diverse LGBTQI ‘protest’ stories in many new ways. The narratives have moved on but what has been constant is people are excited by these stories which stretch imaginations and help shape the creative lives of future generations.”