GFest, the annual gayWise LGBT arts festival, has opened submissions for artists and performers to showcase their work at this year’s event.

The festival, for which PinkNews.co.uk is the online media partner, will feature visual arts, performances and short films.

Visual arts includes 2D and 3D work, paintings, prints, photography and sculpture. Performance ranges from music, comedy, cabaret, burlesque, spoken word, theatre, dance and physical theatre.

More than 100 LGBT artists are expected to attend the event, scheduled to run between November 9th and 22nd at a variety of London venues.

Niranjan Kamatkar, artistic director of GFest and arts charity Wise Thoughts which organises the festival, said: “GFest provides an opportunity for a diverse range of LGBT and queer artists, whose work is often unsupported and not well funded, to present challenging and stimulating work that is reflective of issues and themes affecting themselves and the LGBT community.

“It offers them an opportunity to inspire and empower audiences, meet peers and industry representatives and gain future opportunities.”

He added that the festival has been recognised by the London mayor Boris Johnson as one of the key LGBT cultural events in the capital.

Those hoping to appear at the 2009 festival can submit their work by visiting GaywiseFestival.org.uk