GFEST 2019

01nov6:00 pm10:00 pmFeaturedGFEST 2019 Launch eventMuseum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN Event Organized By: arts charity Wise Thoughts in collaboration with Museum of London


Event Details

GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2019 Launch event on Friday 1st November at Museum of London

All new exciting, interactive format: Launch of GFEST 2019, under theme #QueerQueries -/ map/ nearest tube: Barbican

GFEST 2019 art, performance workshop / presentations line up:

Krishna Istha will present an exciting take on their visual art works that explore queer identities and generate debate – about much needed exploration of cross-sectionality.

Krishna is a London based performer, writer, live artist and theatre maker. Their performance work looks at transformations (physical/political), gender politics & queer culture using subversive text, cabaret elements & comedy. They have performed extensively across the UK, Germany, Australia and USA.

London based practitioner Mud Howard will weave together Queer Storytelling and Queer Performance Poetry, while exploring the GFEST 2019 theme of #QueerQueries.

Mud Howard (they/them) is a gender non-conforming writer, performer, and activist from the states. Mud creates work that explores the intimacy and isolation between queer and trans bodies. mud is a Pushcart Prize nominee and currently working on their first full-length novel: a queer and trans memoir full of lies and magic.

GFEST founder and artistic director Niranjan Kamatkar will present a glimpse of sexuality and gender fluidity in Indian epic Mahabharata, through a series of images from his project Marg: A Pathway.

Niranjan Kamatkar (b. India, based in London) is artistic director of Wise Thoughts, an issue-based arts charity working with LGBTQI+ and BAME artists, filmmakers, and practitioners, and London’s LGBTQI+ cross art annual event GFEST – Gaywise FESTival. He works with leading organisations, such as the BFI, The RSA and Museums and archives sector, to showcase LGBTQI+ work and is an established filmmaker and artist in his own right.

All workshops leaders, presenters will join the panel discussion on the theme of the festival.

Sara Wajid, a senior curator and specialist in museum sector will present her take on the theme.
Sara is Head of Engagement at the Museum of London, and founder of Museum Detox, a network for Black and Asian minority ethnic museum workers.

Sadie Sinner will be your GFEST 2019 launch event host and MC.

As a velvet-toned songbird or powerhouse of a host, “a bad girl with a good voice and a lot of loving to give…”, Sadie Sinner is a creative force! Founder and curator of The Cocoa Butter Club, Sadie performs a seamless repertoire bursting with the RnB, Blues, Jazz, Motown, Funk and Neo-soul that raised her. Sadie brings entire rooms to their feet- her vocals and vibe, compelling them to dance the night away!

There will also be film screenings of the following:

Filmmaker and activist’s Jake Graf’s short film Dawn.

Jake Graf is an international multi award winning director, writer and actor based in London known for his roles in ’The Danish Girl’ and ‘Colette’, and for viral hit ‘Headspace’. Transitioning in 2008, Jake is known as one of the most prolific and visible trans male directors internationally.

Denise: An elderly drag queen sparkles her way through time, revisiting her glory days.

A Short Film Written by Kenneth O’Toole, Produced by Kelly-Marie Kerr and Darren Bab.

A Film by My Genderation: ‘Trans AND: Mridul’

My Genderation is an ongoing film project focusing on trans lives and trans experiences. All our content is created by trans people, about trans people, for a much wider audience. Currently run by Fox Fisher and Owl Fisher.

There will be a café bar open throughout the evening serving drinks and snacks.



(Friday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Museum of London

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN


arts charity Wise Thoughts in collaboration with Museum of London

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