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In a celebration of queer arts, GFest returns for another year between the 10th - 22nd November. Creating a platform for the LGBT community to promote and share their work, the theme for 2014 is 'Myths & Mythology.'


All film screenings will take place at Rich Mix and includes a post Q&A. Tickets cost £9.50 or £5 concessions.

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STAND & To Russia With Love
15th November, 12pm

This double bill features two films focussing on anti-gay attitudes in Russia. In STAND, Anton witnesses a fatal homophobic attack in Moscow. Does he investigate at his own risk, or play it safe and ignore the event? In To Russia With Love, it is the opening of the Winter Olympics, and the first lesbian-feminist choir in South-Eastern Europe publish a video expressing their solidarity.

Brace & Fagbug Nation
16th November, 12pm

Brace is a coming out story, in which Adam searches for acceptance. Fagbug Nation takes you behind the wheel of what it's like to drive the once vandalized, now famous 'Fagbug'.

A Last Farewell & The Way He Looks
17th November, 6pm

In this double bill, the films compare and contrast life between the older and younger generations of the LGBT community. A Last Farewell looks at the older LGBT community and examines the myths and mysteries surrounding life and death. While The Way He Looks challenges whether life has really become any easier for younger LGBT people these days

June & The Secret Path
18th November, 8.15pm

In June, a silent presence tries to communicate by playing the piano during the night. This will be followed by The Secret Path, which is set in 1810. It follows lovers, Frank and Theo, who are on the run from the British Navy.


Bar Titania: Author's Book Reading
13th November, 6pm
75 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 7PY

Best selling authors read from their upcoming anthology, L Is For...

Exploring LGBT 'Myths & Mythology' through South Asian Dance
19th November, 7pm
Michaelis Theatre, Froebel College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, SW15 5PJ

A discussion from commissioned choreographers.

Past, Present, and the Future
21st November, 6pm
Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU

Artists talk about their work alongside critics.

Visual Art

The exhibit at Menier Gallery is free to attend, and showcases the work of Sadie Lee, Matthew Stradling, João Trindade, Jennifer Welton, Mathias Vef, Gökhan Tanrıöver, and Enzo Marra.


Mythical Cabaret
15th November, 8pm
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA
£7 or £5 concessions

Bird La Bird likes to collaborate with others to create surreal and satirical performances. She will be joined by Sh!t Theatre, and Mzz Kimberley, whose voice has been compared to Tina Turner's.

Mythical Dance
20th November, 7.30pm
16 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EX
£15 or £10 concessions

Newly commissioned performance work, specially for the festival, will see British Asian dancer, Kali Chandrasegaram presents 'S(He)-dom' Freedom versus He-or-She-dom. This will be followed by Justin McCarthy's world premier of Mohini: God Becomes Enchantress.
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Why? Learn about LGBT culture
When: 10th - 22nd Nov
Where: Around London
Cost: Free - £15
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