Bis gather in Swansea this weekend for BiFest

Bi WalesThis Saturday – 10th May – sees a big BiFest festival in Swansea from 12 noon until 12 midnight.

During the day there will be:

  • A set of workshops themed around bisexuality and related issues
  • A set of workshops themed around fun and games and getting to know other people
  • A craft space with materials and craft workshops
  • Bi and community information stalls
  • Meet and mingle social space
  • Refreshments
  • Raffle

All at 1st Floor, YMCA Swansea, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ

Entry: £2 daytime only, £3 evening live music event only, £4 for both (paid together). Under 15s free, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The organisers add:

BiFests are one-day events celebrating bisexuality, for bisexuals and bi-friendly people. Originating in London, it has now spread to several other UK locations.

Wales has had a BiFest since 2010, although it was originally in Cardiff in 2010 and 2011. After a year off in 2012 BiFest Wales has moved to Swansea, where the support of Swansea YMCA has helped us to keep entry prices down and make the event affordable.

After a successful, if small event, on 5th October 2013 BiFest Wales returns to Swansea YMCA on Saturday 10th May 2014.

Full details are below and on the website www.bicymru.org.uk and on the FaceBook event here: www.facebook.com/events/1411741895752183/

Community groups, charities and public sector organisations are welcome to bring along 1 or 2 types of leaflets for the community information area of the daytime event.

We’re also looking for volunteers and raffle prizes.

BiFest Wales – Saturday 10th May 2014

Daytime workshop, social and information event

Registration from 12 noon. First workshop 12:30pm. 6:30pm finish.
The Theatre, 1st Floor, Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ

Entry: £2 daytime only. £4 if you pay for the daytime and evening events together. Pay on the door.
Babies, children and young people under 15 welcome with a responsible adult and get free entry.
Includes refreshments throughout the daytime event.

During the day there will be:

  • A set of workshops themed around bisexuality and related issues
  • A set of workshops themed around fun and games and getting to know other people
  • A craft space with materials and craft workshops
  • Bi and community information stalls
  • Meet and mingle social space
  • Refreshments
  • Raffle

The first workshops we have confirmed are:

12:30pm – Getting to know you (speed friending) – an informal, facilitated way to meet the other people coming to BiFest Wales and start conversations. At the meet and mingle social space in the Theatre

3:15pm – Bisexuality in the workplace – facilitated by Kate Chatterjee-Williams, workplace officer, Stonewall Cymru

1:30pm – All about bisexuality

5:15pm Bisexual issues and education

Craft workshop

BiFest Wales 2014 – evening live music and DJ party/gig

Doors 7:30pm. First live music act: 8pm. Ends: 12 midnight.

Entry: £3 evening only, or £4 for day and evening events. Pay on the door.
There will be a bar in the Theatre, open throughout the evening.

An exciting variety of live music and local DJs are supporting BiFest Wales 2014.

These include:

  • Tutti Fruity – Swansea-based LGBT friendly choir
  • Kayleigh Emma Morgan – Solo acoustic singer/songwriter/guitarist
  • Rock of Ages – Classic Rock band spanning time both musically and ages of the band members (12 to 65)
  • Etherian – 3-piece Melodic Death Metal band
  • Drakenwerks – Welsh Cyber-industrial act

Will I be welcome at BiFest Wales?

BiFest Wales welcomes anyone bi-supportive. Although BiFests are bisexual community events, themed around bisexuality and promoting a safe, inclusive space with discussions around bisexuality, we welcome anyone who’s supportive of bisexuality and bi people. This includes:

  • Bi people
  • People who are questioning or think they may be bi
  • People who use a different term or no term
  • Partners
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Organisations
  • Allies
  • And anyone who’s interested in coming along and learning more or sharing in the event, whether bi, lesbian, gay, straight, or another term.

Bi Visibility: Swansea

Bi WalesJoin Bi Swansea at their monthly meeting on Tuesday 20th Septmber, 7:30pm for an open discussion around bi visibility, ahead of Bi Visibility Day on the 23rd.
It’ll be at Mozarts, Walter Road, Uplands, Swansea in the front bar at 7:30pm.

Just turn up on the day!

 

Also called International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, the profile-raising date has been marked on September 23rd each year since 1999.

Find out more on the september23 website.

 

News is starting to reach us of Bi Visibility Day plans and events in other parts of the UK – do drop us a line on newsdesk at bimedia.org to let us know what’s going on down your way!

Bi Visibility: Cardiff

Painting Wales purple? Bi Cymru have plans!Another event for Bi Visibility Day 2011!  This time it’s a talk and discussion in Cardiff.
On Friday September 23rd itself, 12 noon to 2pm Bi Cymru/Wales and Bi Cardiff are holding a talk and discussion workshop for organisations and individuals, mainly from the public sector, LGBT groups, equality groups and charities to learn more about bi visibility, bisexual issues and discuss bi visibility in Wales.
Safer Wales are kindly hosting the event. No need to register, just turn up on the day. Please email us for more details. The event will be held at the Safer Wales offices, 4th Floor East, 113-116 Bute Street Butetown, Cardiff, CF10 5EQ.
Bi Cardiff are also hoping to have a stall in Cardiff Central Library from 3pm also on Friday September 23rd, for people to pop along and have a chat about the local group and bisexual information, events and groups across the UK.

Also called International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, the profile-raising date has been marked on September 23rd each year since 1999.

Find out more on the september23 website.

 

News is starting to reach us of Bi Visibility Day plans and events in other parts of the UK – do drop us a line on newsdesk at bimedia.org to let us know what’s going on down your way!

Today, Cardiff!

Cardiff’s second BiFest kicks off later today.

The event is run by Bi Cymru/Wales, Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea – bringing bisexual people, their friends, allies and anyone interested in bisexuality together for a day of workshops around bisexuality and related issues, community stalls and craft and social space followed by an evening social event.

Workshops run from 12 noon until 6pm, followed by an evening social programme
Where: Cardiff University Students’… Union 4th floor
Price: £5 unwaged, £10 waged – all proceeds go to continuing to run BiFest Wales and to local bi groups in Wales.
No need to be registered, just turn up.

Workshops will include:
– finding the bisexuals and groups in Wales and the UK;
– gender binaries – what does it mean to be trans?;
– community interaction – bi communities and non-bi communities working together;
– allies and friends;
– fitting and misfitting in the bi community;
– fun and games
– and many more.

Cardiff’s Big Date

Bi Wales logoThe second Cardiff BiFest is set for the start of next month – Saturday, 5th March.

The organisers promise a one-day (now annual!) event run by Bi Cymru/Wales, Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea bringing bisexual people, their friends, allies and anyone interested in bisexuality together for a day of workshops around bisexuality and related issues, community stalls and craft and social space followed by an evening social event.

When: Saturday 5th March 2011. Workshops 12 noon until 6pm, followed by an evening social
Where: Cardiff University Students’… Union 4th floor
Price: £5 unwaged, £10 waged – all proceeds go to continuing to run BiFest Wales and to local bi groups in Wales.
No need to register, just turn up on the day.

Workshops will include:
– finding the bisexuals and groups in Wales and the UK;
– gender binaries – what does it mean to be trans?;
– community interaction – bi communities and non-bi communities working together;
– allies and friends;
– fitting and misfitting in the bi community;
– fun and games
– and many more.

Join the FaceBook event or email to receive updates as details are confirmed, and do pass details about this event on to anyone you think may be interested.

If you are interested in running a workshop please email biCymru@yahoo.co.uk. BiFest Wales is entirely run by volunteers, if you want to help out in any way let them know. The event is being supported by Cardiff University LGBT+ society

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