Raffle prizes and your Bi and Pan pride merchandise at BiFest Wales

To help us cover costs we run a raffle at BiFest Wales. We rely on local businesses to donate prizes to make the raffle a success.
Tickets for the raffle are available at BiFest Wales for 20p a ticket or £1 a strip. We’ll take your contact details, so don’t worry if you’re only with us for the daytime part of the event, you can still enter and win (over 18s only)

Prizes we have so far are:

  • Waterpark pass for 4 people. Donated by the LC2 Swansea  thelcswansea.com
  • 4 games at LazerZone Swansea. Donated by LazerZone Swansea  laserzone.org
  • 2 Vue cinema tickets. Donated by Vue Swansea.  myvue.com
  • £20 TGI Fridays voucher. Donated by TGI Fridays, Swansea tgifridays.co.uk
  • One burger, fries and a soft drink. Donated by Five Guys, Swansea fiveguys.com
  • Rocketman and The Lion King large film posters. Donated by Odeon, Swansea odeon.co.uk
  • “It ain’t no lie, I’m bi bi bi” T-shirt. Donated by Cath Elms

Thank you to everyone who has donated. If you want to donate a prize bring it with you to BiFest Wales and email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk so we can add it and your link to our prize list

Bi and pan pride silicon wristbands and badges for sale at BiFest Wales

Bi and Pan pride wristbands will be available for sale at BiFest Wales for £2.50 each
We also have bi, pan, poly etc. badges for sale for £2 each

Get your bi and pan pride goodies from us and help support both Bi Pride UK and Bi Cymru/Wales


Travel details for BiFest Wales – this Saturday

Wondering how you’re going to get to BiFest Wales at Swansea YMCA this Saturday?

We have updated the list of car parks in Swansea city centre. There’s also a list of accommodation and trains, busses etc. from various places in Wales and England on our website here:
http://www.bicymru.org.uk/bifest-wales/venue_travel_accommodation/

Details of the venue are:
Swansea YMCA is located at 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ. For photos of the venue you can visit their website: www.swanseaymca.org.uk

Worried about finding the venue from the train station?
Our volunteer – Anthony Hayden will be at Swansea train station from 11:30 am until 12:10 pm on Saturday to meet people and walk you over to the venue in time to register and attend the first workshop. Anthony will be holding a sign saying ‘BiFest Wales’ on cardboard.

We look forward to welcoming you all on Saturday 🙂


Draft workshop timetable released – BiFest Wales 2019 Saturday 11th May

We’re pleased to release the draft workshop timetable and details for the daytime event at BiFest Wales

BiFest Wales 2019
Saturday 11th May 2019
The Theatre, 1st Floor, Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea
12 noon until 6pm – daytime workshop, social, craft, and information space.

Entry: £2
Pay on the door (at the entrance to the Theatre on the first floor) only, no advance tickets
Under 16s FREE entry. Must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Evening event – doors: 7:30pm, first live act 7:45pm, ends 11:45pm. Entry: £4 (Under 16s free. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult) – more information on the evening event is here.

Day and evening entry: £5 if paid together.

Workshop timetable
The draft workshop timetable is now available. Please note this is provisional and subject to change before BiFest Wales

12:30 – 1:15pmAll about bisexuality –  in the Green Room, through the door to the right of the stage in the Theatre (off the main BiFest room)
1:15 – 2pmBREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre).Knit and natter at the craft table
 Workshop Room 1 – end of the hall leftWorkshop Room 2 – end of the hall
2pm – 2:45Being Bi in the Workplace – Bi yn y gweithleFitting and mis-fitting in bi communities
3pm – 3:45Being a bi ally (open to bi people too)Games
4pm – 4:45Living as bi in a gay and straight worldMake your own lollipop photo frame – at the craft table
5pm – 5:45Coming Out – bi people’s experiencesTrans* and Bi Agony Aunt
6 -7:30pmBREAK for sound check – Only organisers and performers stay.
7:30pm – 11:30pmLive alternative music gig and DJs in the Theatre (main BiFest room)

More details on each workshop are on our website page for the event http://www.bicymru.org.uk/bifest-wales/daytime-workshop-and-social-event/

Main room (the Theatre) – all day
Registration – starts at 12 noon in the entrance to the main room. Please note you need to register and pay the £2 entry fee (£5 day and evening together), or register for free entry for under 16s, to receive a badge and be allowed into workshops or the main room.
Craft space – Build your own ideal bisexual, colouring books and craft materials, get together and knit or bring your own craft ideas.
Bisexual information zone – If it’s bi related in the UK and we can get our hands on it then find out about it here.
Community information zone – Information from equalities groups, LGBT groups, charities, community groups, public services and more. Please note we have limited space for individual organisations to have their own stalls, all information is together on a few tables at the side of the room, except for a few stalls for organisations that support or sponsor the event. Contact us for information about booking a stall and being listed as a support from £50 to £150.
Sponsors and supporter’s stalls- Pride Cymru are our main sponsor for BiFest Wales 2019. Stonewall Cymru are supporting us by having a stall at the event and running a workshop. LGBT Welsh Labour are supporting us by having a stall. Please make them feel welcome and pop by their stalls. We really appreciate their support.
Meet and Mingle table – A space to meet and chat to people you’ve never met before as well as some friendly faces. If you sit at this table it means anyone is welcome to join in conversations. It’s a way to meet new people. Please make newcomers feel welcome in all conversations.
Chill out and social space
Refreshments – a selection of hot and cold soft drinks and some cakes, biscuits and snacks are in the room. Please help yourselves. There is a small amount of vegan and gluten free snacks, so please keep these for people with dietary requirements.
Quiet space – The first workshop is held in the Green room. This is at the back of the Theatre through the door to the right of the stage. When the first workshop ends around 1:15 pm this space will become a quiet space during the daytime event. If you need a break from the social room or want somewhere quiet to meditate or pray please feel free to use this room. If you go into the quiet space please be silent or whisper. Organisers will be accessing the room to get water for the refreshments table. This room will be available from 1:15pm to 5:30pm, as it will be used for bands during the evening.

Raffle
Raffle tickets are just 20p each or £1 a strip (5 chances to win!) A list of prizes will be on reception. Pay for tickets on reception or someone will be walking around with tickets on sale.
Can’t be with us until the end? No worries, names and email addresses or phone numbers can be written on the back of tickets and we’ll contact you after BiFest Wales if you’ve won.
All money raised helps to make BiFest Wales a success, keep entry prices down and any surplus supports the work of Bi Cymru/Wales, Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea, which are constituted community groups with charitable aims.

If you have an idea for a workshop for this year we’re happy to change the workshop timetable. Please email us at bicymru@yahoo.co.uk asap.
If you’re part of a charity, community group, trade union, or public sector organisation please send us 1 or 2 types of leaflets for your organisation for the community information tables.

We still have sponsorship and supporters opportunities available including stalls, and donating Welsh translation, refreshments, raffle prizes, stationery, craft supplies, and other supplies. Please email
bicymru@yahoo.co.uk asap.


Evening line up confirmed for BiFest Wales 2019

We’re pleased to announce the full line up for the evening live alternative music gig at BiFest Wales 2019 at YMCA Swansea, The Theatre, 1st floor, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea.
Doors 7:30 pm
First Live act: 7:45 pm
Ends: 11:30 pm
£4 entry – pay on the door only


7:45 pm  Cardiff pop punk
8:40 pm YouTube Gamer and Musician
Grym band name logo
9:35 pm groove metal band from Swansea

10:30 pm DrakenWerks – Welsh Dark Electro / Industrial act

Please note timings and order is subject to change. Please arrive early for the act you want to see

DJ Gwilym – regular DJ at Dead of Night, Swansea’s goth night. Bringing you the best alternative music between acts to keep you dancing!

For more details of each band and the gig visit http://www.bicymru.org.uk/bifest-wales/evening_live_alternative_gig/


BiFest Wales 2019 confirmed – Saturday 11th May 2019

We’re pleased to announce BiFest Wales is returning to YMCA Swansea on Saturday 11th May 2019

The daytime event will be 12 noon to 6pm and include a range of bi-themed workshops, social and getting to know people workshops, craft workshops and area, community information, and refreshments. Details are here

The evening will run from 7:30 to 11:30 pm and be a live alternative music gig. Details are here

We’re extremely grateful to our main sponsor: Pride Cymru. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue to do BiFest Wales.

We’re looking for stall holders and sponsors during the day. We also need raffle prizes, workshop runners, printing, Welsh translation, volunteers for the day, and people to help promote the event. Details of ways you can get involved and help out are here. You can also email: bicymru@yahoo.co.uk or message Ele Hicks on Facebook.

Details will be added to the daytime and evening event pages as they’re confirmed.

If you would like leaflets or posters for the event you can download them here or contact us and we’ll send them to you.

We look forward to welcoming you


Bi Cymru and Bi Pride UK enjoy Pride Cymru

Bi Cymru/Wales and Bi Pride UK had a great time at Pride Cymru.

We had a great group on the parade and spoke to around 250 people on the stall. People loved the stickers and a lot of information was given out about Bi Pride UK on 9th March 2019 in London and the local Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea groups as well as BiFest Wales.

The Sunday was a wash-out, but the Saturday was great. We also sold a lot of bi and pan pride wristbands and badges.

It was great to meet everyone on the parade and the stall.

Contact bicymru@yahoo.co.uk if you want to know more about the groups in Wales, BiFest Wales or our training. You can also email us to join our mailing list or become a member or with your plans for Bi Visibility Day 2018 on 23rd September.

Visit https://biprideuk.org/ for more details about the first ever Bi Pride event in the UK coming to London on 9th March 2019

 

Bi Cymru and Bi Pride UK on the Pride Cymru parade 2018Bi Cymru and Bi Pride UK at Pride Cymru 2018Bi Cymru and Bi Pride UK on the Pride Cymru parade 2018Bi Cymru and Bi Pride UK stall at Pride Cymru 2018

Bi Visibility Day 2018 – what will you do?

Bi Cymru/Wales are looking forward to Bi Visibility Day. Bi Visibility is the biggest and most important date celebrating bisexuality and challenging biphobia and bi erasure every year on 23rd September.

It’s the 20th annual Bi Visibility Day this September 23rd.

The date highlights bisexuality and the challenges posed by biphobia and bisexual erasure, as well as celebrating the work of a growing number of local, national and international organisations around the world which champion bisexual visibility and equality.

We’d love to know and support your plans for the day.

Post your events and find out more at http://www.bivisibilityday.com/year2018/ and email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk with your plans. We can also send you resources and information on local groups and events in Wales.

If you’re an individual who wants to show your support for bi visibility take your photo with the bi pride or pan pride flags or with other bi or pan themed slogans and post it on social media on 23rd September using #bivisibilityday. We’d also love it if you could share your photos from Wales with bicymru@yahoo.co.uk or on the Bi Cymru/Wales, Bi Swansea or Bi Cardiff Facebook groups.


Bi Cymru/Wales and Bi Pride UK wish you a happy Pride Cymru

Bi Cymru and Bi Pride UK wish you a happy Pride Cymru.

We’re inviting people to wear purple and bring their bi and pan pride flags to join Bi Cymru/Wales and Bi Pride UK on the parade from North Road by the side of Cardiff Castle at 10:30 am

We’re also looking forward to having a stall behind the Museum and City Hall on the day and welcoming lots of people.


Full workshop timetable and details announced – BiFest Wales 2018 – Sat 12th May 12 noon to 6pm YMCA Swansea

We’ve confirmed the workshop timetable and details for BiFest Wales 2018.
You can download the full information pack here before the event BiFest Wales 2018 – Handbook and workshop timetable final

Join us this Saturday 12th May

The Theatre, 1st Floor, YMCA Swansea, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea

12 noon until 6pm – daytime workshop, social, meeting and information space.

Entry: £2
Pay on the door (at the entrance to the Theatre on the first floor) only, no advance tickets
Under 16s FREE entry. Must be accompanied by an adult.

Evening event – doors: 7:30pm, first live act 7:45pm, ends 11:45pm. Entry: £4 (Under 16s free. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult) – more information on the evening event is here.

Day and evening entry: £5 if paid together.

Workshop timetable

Time

12:30 – 1:15pm

All about bisexuality – in the Green Room, through the door to the right of the stage in the Theatre (off the main BiFest room)

1:15 – 2pm

BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)

Workshop Room 1 – end of the hall and left

Workshop Room 2 – end of the hall

2pm – 2:45

Getting involved and having your say

Speed friending

3pm – 3:45

Bisexual Issues in the Workplace

Trans* and Bi Agony Aunt

4pm – 4:45

Coming Out – bi people’s experiences

Make your own badges & art – craft table

5pm – 5:45

Biphobic hate crime

Games

6 -7:30pm

BREAK for sound check – Only organisers and performers stay.

7:30pm – 11:30pm

Live alternative music gig and DJs in the Theatre (main BiFest room)

The workshops we have confirmed for 2018 are:

All about bisexuality
An introductory workshop at the start of BiFest Wales talking about different definitions of bisexuality, the bi community and events in Wales and the UK. Followed by a chance to ask those awkward questions you always wanted to, but didn’t feel comfortable to ask or didn’t know who to ask or anything you want to know or discuss.

Speed Friending
A version of classic speed dating, but intended to help people find friends with similar interests and people you may want to continue chatting with later on or in the social. Very informal and open to people of all ages.

Getting involved and having your say
Ever wondered how the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government work? Ever wanted to know how you can get heard by Welsh and local government? This workshop will introduce you to how you can get involved and have your say at the Welsh and local levels. There’ll be an opportunity to ask your questions. Jointly run between Ele, Bi Cymru/Wales and Laura Price from the Assembly Commission.

Trans* and Bi Agony Aunt
Roxy Williams, Trans Coordinator (Unity) and Foxy Roxy Reviews (Youtube) – a fun, interactive session with an introductory question and answer, followed by groups of participants having a go at answering trans* and bi themed agony aunt letters. At the end of the session you’ll have a chance to write your own letter to the trans* and bi agony aunt and have it answered by the group.

Bisexual Issues in the Workplace – A workshop looking at experiences of being bisexual in the workplace and a discussion around our experiences and what can be done to make bisexuals feel included at work.

Make your own badges & art – craft table
Join South Wales AF for a fun filled badge making workshop! Whether you want to doodle your own or use one of our templates, make a pronoun badge or fly the bisexual pride flag high to celebrate it’s 20th year! We’ll have plenty of designs and ideas to help you and an array of craft supplies for those who’d rather make pictures, painting and prints! So come along and get artsy!
All materials provided for by South Wales AF and Bi Cymru so no need to worry about bringing anything else! Suitable for all ages.

Coming Out – bi people’s experiences
Coming out is a very personal decision and not right for everyone. When people do want to come out there are issues around who to come out to? When? How? And how will people react? A discussion workshop around the topic of coming out as bisexual exploring experiences, good and bad, and general issues around coming out.

Games
A session playing fun, interactive and getting to know you games with other BiFest Wales attendees.

Biphobic hate crime
This workshop will address issues such as would bi people report hate crime as homophobic? What stops bi people reporting hate crime? Are these issues different from the reasons lesbian and gay people don’t report? Would mentioning biphobic hate crime encourage people to report? You don’t have to have experienced hate crime to get involved in this workshop, but all participants will have a chance to express their views.

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Full line up and times confirmed – evening live alternative gig – BiFest Wales 12th May 7:30-11:30pm

We’re pleased to confirm the full line up and times for the evening live alternative music gig at BiFest Wales
Saturday 12th May
The Theatre, 1st Floor, YMCA Swansea, 1 the Kingsway, Swansea
Evening live alternative gig

Doors: 7:30 pm.
First live act: 7:45 pm
Ends: 11:30 pm

£4 entry pay on the door
Open to all ages. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Some lyrics are unsuitable for young children. Parental advisory.
Bar available – please bring ID

7:45 pm – Rapture’s End – Female-fronted Alt RockRapture's End logo

8:45 pm – 9x Dead – Gloom Rock

9x dead logo

 

9:45 pm – Not The Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols Tribute Act

Not the Sex Pistols logo with photo

 

10:45 pm – Dimethoxy – Dystopian Rhythmic Noise

Dimethoxy logo cropped

 

DJ Ferocious Kitten – an alternative DJ playing the best in EBM, Industrial, Goth, Rock, Metal & everything in between between acts to keep you dancing!

Posters, leaflets and more details about the evening gig on our website here

Details of the daytime workshop, craft and social event (12 noon to 6pm in the same venue £2 entry) are here