Project information

GFEST - Gaywise FESTival

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 established alongside fresh or young LGBT & queer artists

November 2012 - November 2015

Charity information: Wise Thoughts

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  • Need


    Generating resources and profile to develop and present the work of vulnerable, young and talented LGBTQI artists so that they can access further opportunities in the mainstream arts and culture sector.


    Presenting an annual showcase offers 'Equality in all walks of Life' option to the practitioners/ artists. We select and present the best possible work to a wider community, media and authorities in order to provide a benchmark to the sector. The celebration of work offers encouragement and skills building opportunities to the young talent on an annual basis.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide a high quality platform to showcase the work through GFEST - Gaywise FESTival.


    » In its sixth year the festival is seen as established mechanism to identify & promote young talent. We continue promotion of the artistic excellence.

    What success will look like

    Success: receiving 5000 wide & diverse audiences to attend GFEST in 2012.

  • Impact


    Further progression: Artists getting future work opportunities, referrals and recommendations through promotions with sector market links.
    We will continue to build the profile and opportunities for more numbers of young LGBTQI artists and their art works through the world class 'LGBTQI cross art festival for all' - in one of the cultural capitals of the world. Success will be defined as at last 20 young artists get further opportunities to enhance their careers from 2012 to 2015 each year.


    A few artists not able to participate on the last moment (due to unforeseen issues) is addressed by replacement quick and best practice procedures from pool of community of artists.


    Donors will receive email updates of the project ptrogress around key phases: Partnership agreement, selection / programme announcements, festival events invitations, post festival feedback and archival reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £48,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,500 exhibition costs Gallery hire, Visual arts material transport and exhbition costs including private view
      £3,500 films costs Venue/s part hire costs, screening fees and tape/disk traffic
      £6,000 Performer fees Performers fees and production management costs.
      £11,000 Marketing Ad, Flyers, brouchure & poster print and distribution costs (for 30 K) among LGBT / arts audirences
      £5,000 online promotions & PR Publicity & promotion of all the events during and leading up to GFEST 2012 in november
      £8,000 Digital archive and promotions Video, photographic filming, press online distributionand
      £9,000 Administration fees 150 X60 days admin costs & fees
  • Background


    GFEST events are designed to reach to marginalised groups to have an access to established and recognised venues in London. Presents the most diverse and quality arts programme in London, recognised as one of the key cultural capitals of the world. (along with GFEST web presence)
    Some of the past venues: The National Gallery, V & A, The Drill Hall,Cochrane Theatre, The Cockpit, Prince Charles, Rich
    Mix, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Birkbeck College,Toynbee studio, etc


    Young LGBTQI artists can produce and present their work in the professional setting offering them the skills and future opportunities to work in London. Young LGBTQI people in London to gain greater participation in an event - first LGBT arts festival to be launched at the House of Commons and has widespread support from LGBT artists,
    celebrities and politicians, including the Prime Minister and Mayor of London. GFEST provides a vital mechanism to bring LGBT arts to mainstream audiences.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Wise Thoughts works across the arts addressing social justice issues and the needs of the LGBT and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities. Wise Thoughts has extensive experience of managing
    large-scale arts events and has a solid track record of effective financial management offering excellent value for money.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Niranjan Kamatkar - Staff

    Artistic director , over all management of the festival and it's effective delivery. GFEST in last 5 years has been delivered under his directorship.

    Subodh Rathod

    Policy & administrative Director, who managed administrative complexities, fundraising, volunteers and hospitality during the last 5 yrs of festival.

GFEST 2011 Showcase

"Proud and happy to support GFEST 2010, which does so much to promote the work of LGBT artists everywhere.. Much love"

Stephen Fry