Gay arts festival celebrates creativity, pushes boundaries and confronts prejudices

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GFEST – Gaywise FESTival in London is an annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) cross-art event in November that promises to showcase challenging art works and colourful talent from around the world.

Running from 7 to 20 November GFEST 2011 is a celebration of creativity and visual splendour exploring the minds and motives shaping the movement which is as artistic as it is political.

The festival includes a visual arts exhibition, short films screening, performances, workshops and debates that take place throughout venues in London. They will all engage with contemporary LGBTQ themes, challenging boundaries to tackle prejudices.

GFEST artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar is really excited about the upcoming event, “Everything this year takes you on a narrative journey that is unique, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable.”

In the visual arts showcase at Dreamspace Gallery, artists such as Paul Chisholm, Wendy Elia and Simon Croft will make bold statements, celebrate the unexpectedness of gay marriage and explore gender identity using a Russian doll.

This year short film screenings includes award winning filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe whose film ‘Slow’ deals with a blind date and the possibility that it might bring, a documentary film by Nola Grace Gaardmand, ‘Home for the Golden Gays’ focussing on refuge for elderly and vulnerable gays in Manila since 1969 and Jason Bradbury’s ‘We Once Were Tide’ which looks at Anthony and Kyle spending their last night together before Kyle moves away, leaving Anthony to look after his terminally ill mother.

The third key area of this cross-art festival includes performances from Naechanè Valentino, EvOn Musicbully, stand up comedy from VG Lee and Janice Perry and Ezra Axelrod who takes the audiences on a musical journey through gay love, lust, heartbreak and reconciliation.

GFEST 2011 will also see some topical and lively debates, artist workshops and events that will take place in venues across London throughout the festival.

Full programme details and information about GFEST 2011 is available on http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk