"GFest is an excellent forum for encouraging new artists as well as established acts and I wish participants, organisers and visitors a great festival this year"
- Margot James,
Conservative Party Vice Chairman for Women
"I send my very best wishes to GFest, and hope the festival is a huge success. Giving full expression to some of the best in LGBT arts and performance - and being proud about the diversity that has created it - is something to be savoured, enjoyed, and celebrated. Good luck!"
Rt Hon Lord Smith
"I send my good wishes to all those involved in organising and participating in GFest 2008. Wise Thoughts has a proven track record and has organised an ambitious programme of events across the arts. I hope the Festival will raise the profile of LGBT artists and their work, not only in London but nationally."
- David Lepper MP
"As a TV producer I am always keen to hear about innovative media and arts forums. As Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission I am delighted to see innovation coupled with a celebration of LGBT creators and audiences. I wish all success to the G-Fest gayWise LGBT Arts Festival."
- Sir Trevor Phillips
"As a lesbian and a Londoner, I'm excited about GFest, an LGBT arts festival filled with cutting-edge exhibitions and performances by new and established artists. GFest is a celebration of the wonderful diversity that makes our queer communities so vibrant, and our capital city so rich. It's so inspiring to see LGBT arts showcased in this way. I hope GFest just gets bigger, bolder and more beautiful, year by year!"
- Sarah Waters
"GFest looks set to be better than ever this year and the diversity and creativity behind the festival and are truly inspiring. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and celebrate LGBT artists and performers, so I wish all involved every success."
- Caroline Lucas MEP
Leader of the Green Party
"I want to wish all the participants and supporters of the GFest- gayWise LGBT Arts Festival all the very best for this year's Festival. It provides a fantastic platform not just for the LGBT community but also for London and for the arts. This year's programme is packed with interesting and diverse events so I am sure it will be a great success."
- Jeremy Hunt
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.
"Congratulations to Wise Thoughts and GFest organisers for all their efforts in delivering this year's GFest -gayWise LGBT Arts Festival.
I am looking forward to this year's festival. Gfest offers a broad, diverse mix of visual and performance art which is creative, challenging and provocative. The festival is also an exciting platform to showcase the creativity of artists who explore sexual and ethnic identities and it builds upon the extensive, historic contributions that LGBT Londoners have made to the vibrant social, economic and cultural fabric of this city.
I wish Gfest every success as it establishes itself as London's annual LGBT arts festival and encourage Londoners to attend."
- Jennette Arnold AM
Chair of the London Assembly
London's premier LGBT cross-arts festival, GFest is a platform for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and queer artists, organisations and venues to promote LGBT and queer arts. Organised by arts charity Wise Thoughts, GFest features queer artists and talent across the arts, including visual arts, theatre, dance and performance, LGBT short films, debates, workshops and parties.
Check & book: GFest 09 Short Film Screenings and Party
Check: GFest 09 Visual Arts Exhibition Programme
Check & book: GFest 09 Performances
Check & book: GFest 09 Workshops, debate & Events
GFest 09 full programme brochure (pdf) click here
Artistic Director: Niranjan Kamatkar.
GFest 09 Selection Panel: Dr Alan Tomkins, Ajamu X, Brian Lobel, Campbell, Helen Sandler, Shaun Levin, Sita Ramamurthy and Niranjan Kamatkar.