Full daytime workshop timetable and details confirmed -BiFest Wales this Saturday 13th May, YMCA Swansea 12 -6pm

The timetable and workshop details for BiFest Wales 2017 have now been confirmed:

Workshop timetable

Time

Workshop Room 1

Workshop Room 2

12:30 – 1:15pm

All about bisexuality

1:15 – 2pm

BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)

2pm – 2:45

Bisexuality in Welsh History

Speed friending

3pm – 3:45

Domestic abuse and bisexuality – Age restriction: 16+. Content warning – sexually explicit and emotionally intense

Fitting and Misfitting in communities

4pm – 4:45

Getting involved

Games

5pm – 5:45

Living as bi in a gay and straight world

Make your own cat ears or floral headband

6 -7:30pm

BREAK for sound check – Only organisers and performers stay.

7:30pm – 11:30pm

Live music event and DJs in the Theatre (main BiFest room) – Alternative gig with Catherine Elms (dark cabaret singer-songwriter-pianist); Captain Meatshield (YouTube gamer and musician metal covers of game themes); and DrakenWerks (Welsh dark electro / industrial) with DJ DarkDragon between acts.

Workshop descriptions
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.

Bisexuality in Welsh history
Norena Shopland from Draig Enfys LGBT Welsh history project . From the earliest times to the present there have been famous bisexual people in Wales. Who were they? Come and hear their fascinating stories as Norena Shopland introduces you to some people from Bi Wales’ past.

Fitting and Mis-fitting in communities
A fun, interactive workshop, which will look at how people identify themselves beyond their sexual orientation. Where do you fit into the bi community? Do you feel alone or that you’re not the same as everyone else? This session will allow people to find other people with similar interests and make friends.

Domestic Abuse and Bisexuality
Dynamics of domestic abuse are becoming more understood, especially around non-violent types of abuse and coercion and control. However this is still based around heterosexual and usually female victim models. How does sexuality factor in domestic abuse experiences? What types of abuse are particular to bisexual victims? What help is available and how can we improve professional understanding?
Content warning: Sexually explicit and emotionally intense content
Age restriction: 16+

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

Getting involved
This workshop will discuss ways you can get involved in the Bi community in Wales and how we can make it better together. Roles discussed include making local groups happen, getting involved in BiFest Wales 2018, helping out at stalls and events, and a variety of areas from design and translation to talking to others.

Make your own cat ears or floral headband
Suitable for all ages. Get together and make a fun cat ears or floral headband at the craft table. Instruction and guidance and materials provided. Donations welcome towards materials, but not needed.

Living as bi in a gay and straight world
This is an interactive workshop, which has been run several times before very successfully. This workshop explores the reactions to bisexuality from both the gay and straight communities and looks at how different people cope with being bisexual in a world that is often viewed as either gay or straight. This is your chance to say how it is for you and hear from other people.

Download the BiFest Wales daytime handbook, timetable and workshop descriptions here:
BiFest Wales 2017 – Handbook and workshop timetable (English)

BiFest Wales 2017 – Handbook and workshop timetable (Cymraeg)


Acts announced for evening live alternative music gig at BiFest Wales

We’re pleased to announce that Captain Meatshield and DrakenWerks will be joining Catherine Elms performing at BiFest Wales in Swansea YMCA on Saturday 13th May 2017.
Evening gig doors 7:30pm. First live act 7:45pm. Ends 11:30pm
Entry: £4 on the door only (or £5 for daytime workshop and social event and evening gig if paid together.)
Under 16s free (under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Music contains explicit lyrics and is parental advisory)

Captain Meatshield logo
8:45pm Captain Meatshield – YouTube Gamer and Musician

Captain Meatshield is a one-man metal-covers project, with a strong passion for the geeky side of life.
A life-long love of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, gaming, and music has led to the formation of a YouTube channel dedicated to “Let’s Play” gaming content, and heavy, symphonic metal covers.
While the gaming side of things tends to stay at home, Captain Meatshield wants to bring the music out to the public, and with covers of popular gaming themes from Final Fantasy, Duke Nukem, and Undertale, along with film and TV themes from Thunderbirds, Star Trek and The Nightmare Before Christmas, There should be something to appeal to everyone’s tastes!
Check him out: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/CaptainMeatshieldUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Captain-Meatshield-202444073117646/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cptn_Meatshield
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/captain_meatshield
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Cptn_Meatshield

DrakenWerks Logo DrakenWerks Title

10pm DrakenWerks – Welsh Dark Electro / Industrial act
A Dark Electro / Industrial act from South Wales in the UK, DrakenWerks have risen to prominence in the last year. The brain child of promoter and DJ Draken, their last album, No Prisoners, went straight to number 2 in the German Alternative Charts and remained the maximum 8 weeks stay in the top 10 and their tracks have been tearing up dance floors and radio set lists since then.

They have also played across the UK, supporting acts such as Assemblage 23, Aesthetic Perfection, 3 Teeth, Youth Code, Mortiis, Clan of Xymox, Alien Vampires, V2A etc… and recently begun playing outside of the UK, starting with supporting Leaether Strip in Madrid, Spain, earlier this year. Also, later this year, DrakenWerks plan to release their second album, Age of Inofrmation along with a number of preceeding singles including a track mostly performed in Welsh.

Check them out: FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/drakenwerks
Website: www.drakenwerks.com
Twitter: twitter.com/drakenwerks
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/steven-draken-pickard/
Bandcamp: https://drakenwerks.bandcamp.com/
DrakenWerks Live Photo

DJ DarkDragon dusting off the mp3s after an extended break. Previous DJ at Unleashed with a penchant for all things rock and goth. playing goth, rock, and industrial music between acts to keep you dancing!

Catherine Elms logo and strap

 

7:45pm Catherine Elms – dark cabaret singer-songwriter & pianist
Catherine Elms is an unsigned singer/songwriter and pianist, whose music combines heavy rock, dark cabaret, emotionally-charged melodies and impassioned lyrics. A self-taught non-classical pianist, Catherine’s raw and evocative playing style lies directly between the brash power of PJ Harvey and the baroque pop-rock of 1990s Tori Amos. Her music possesses a dark intensity with softly defined edges: both introspective and spirited. Described as “dramatic” (Buzz Magazine), “adventurous” (The Flux), “fragile and fierce” (Off The Radar), and “haunting” (South Wales Evening Post), Catherine is a rising artist in the South Wales music scene driven ever forward by a growing loyal fanbase.

Check her out: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherineelmsmusic?pnref=lhc
or on her website: http://catherineelms.co.uk


Final call for alternative live music acts and workshops for BiFest Wales 2017

We still have one slot for an alternative live music act for BiFest Wales 2017 on Saturday 13th May.

If you’re a solo act or group playing rock, metal, punk, EBM, goth, industrial or any other alternative music and want to play please email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible.
We can reimburse travel expenses from South Wales and want to promote all acts on our website, FaceBook and Twitter in the next week.

We also have one slot for a bi-related workshop and one slot for a social, fun, or getting to know you style workshop. If you have any ideas and want to offer a workshop please email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible.

The full workshop timetable and details of live music acts will be on this website and FaceBook next weekend (8th May).

More details of the event, sponsorship opportunities and volunteering are available here:

Daytime event

Evening live music event

About BiFest Wales

Volunteering, sponsorship and getting involved

Venue, accommodation and getting to BiFest Wales

Access, dietary and family arrangements

Previous BiFest Wales events


Posters and leaflets for BiFest Wales 2017 – Saturday 13th May

Posters and leaflets
BiFest Wales relies on the support of people who are interested, supporters, individuals and organisations to spread the word and get people involved.
Leaflets and posters for you to print and display or download and send  by email to your contacts will be available here soon.
If you cannot print in colour on the stipulated size for whatever reason please contact bicymru@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll arrange to meet you or send you copies asap.
We are extremely grateful to anyone who’s happy to give leaflets to their friends, put a poster up at work, or spread the word any way you can.

Many thanks to our volunteer designers:

Thank you also to our volunteer translator Huw Garan

Please feel free to print posters and leaflets or contact us for copies.

A6 single double-sided flyer
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A6 flyer 4 per sheet. To be printed doub;e-sided on A4

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A3 bilingual colour poster

BiFest Wales 2017 - A3 poster - bilingual

A4 colour poster (English only)

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A4 colour poster (Cymraeg/Welsh only)

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First daytime workshops announced for BiFest Wales 2017 – Saturday 13th May 2017

The first workshops confirmed for BiFest Wales 2017 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.

Make your own cat ears or floral headband
Suitable for all ages. Get together and make a fun cat ears or floral headband at the craft table. Instruction and guidance and materials provided. Donations welcome towards materials, but not needed.

Fitting and Mis-fitting in communities
This is a fun, interactive workshop, which will look at how people identify themselves beyond their sexual orientation. Where do you fit into the bi community? Do you feel alone or that you’re not the same as everyone else? This session will allow people to find other people with similar interests and make friends.

Getting involved
This workshop will discuss ways you can get involved in the Bi community in Wales and how we can make it better together. Roles discussed include making local groups happen, getting involved in BiFest Wales 2018, helping out at stalls and events, and a variety of areas from design and translation to talking to others.

Games
A session playing interactive games with other BiFest Wales attendees. Get to know other BiFest Wales attendees while having fun.

Bisexuality in Welsh history
Norena Shopland from Draig Enfys LGBT Welsh history project . From the earliest times to the present there have been famous bisexual people in Wales. Who were they? Come and hear their fascinating stories as Norena Shopland introduces you to some people from Bi Wales’ past.

We still have space for one more bi themed workshop and one more social/fun workshop. Please email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk if you have any ideas or want to offer a workshop.

The timetable and all workshops will be announced on the daytime event page at least one week before BiFest Wales 2017.
We look forward to welcoming you on Saturday 13th May at YMCA Swansea, 12 noon to 6pm for the daytime event, 7:30pm to 11:30pm for the evening live alternative music gig.


First live alternative act announced for BiFest Wales 2017

We’re pleased to announce that the first alternative performer for BiFest Wales 2017 is:

Catherine Elms – dark cabaret singer-songwriter & pianist
Catherine Elms is an unsigned singer/songwriter and pianist, whose music combines heavy rock, dark cabaret, emotionally-charged melodies and impassioned lyrics. A self-taught non-classical pianist, Catherine’s raw and evocative playing style lies directly between the brash power of PJ Harvey and the baroque pop-rock of 1990s Tori Amos. Her music possesses a dark intensity with softly defined edges: both introspective and spirited. Described as “dramatic” (Buzz Magazine), “adventurous” (The Flux), “fragile and fierce” (Off The Radar), and “haunting” (South Wales Evening Post), Catherine is a rising artist in the South Wales music scene driven ever forward by a growing loyal fanbase.

Check her out: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherineelmsmusic?pnref=lhc

or on her website: http://catherineelms.co.uk

We’re still looking for alternative solo acts and bands (rock, goth, punk, metal, industrial, EBM or anything similar) for BiFest Wales 2017 on Saturday 13th May. We pay travel expenses from South Wales and promote your act. Please email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk if you’re interested in playing.


BiFest Wales 2017 confirmed – Saturday 13th May 2017 12 noon to 11:30pm, YMCA Swansea

We are pleased to confirm BiFest Wales 2017 will take place on Saturday 13th May 2017

A one-day event themed around bisexuality for bi people, friends, family, allies and anyone bi supportive.
The Theatre, first floor, YMCA Swansea, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea.

Daytime workshop and social space event
Doors 12 noon, first workshop 12:30pm, ends 6pm.
£2 entry daytime only. Pay on the door only, no advance tickets.
£5 entry daytime and evening paid together. Pay on the door only.
Under 16s free entry, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
During the day there will be:

  • A range of bi themed workshops
  • Games, getting to know you and craft workshops
  • Craft space
  • Meet and mingle social space
  • Refreshments included
  • Raffle
  • Bisexual information table
  • Community information tables

For more information on workshops and further details as they are announced click here

Evening live alternative music event
Doors 7:30pm, first live music act 7:45pm
A range of live alternative music acts (rock/punk/metal/industrial/EBM etc.)
DJs between live acts.
There is a bar available in the evening in the Theatre. Please bring ID if you look under 25.
Under 18s welcome with a responsible adult. Please note music may contain explicit lyrics and is parental advisory.

Details if the acts as they are confirmed will be available here

If you’re interested in helping out:

  • Live alternative music solo musicians or bands
  • Running a bi themed workshop
  • Running a games, getting to know you or craft workshop
  • Sponsoring the event (opportunities available from £50 to £200)
  • Providing 1 or 2 types of leaflets for a community group, public sector organisation or any community service
  • Donating a raffle prize
  • Donating refreshments
  • Volunteering on the registration desk during BiFest Wales
  • Volunteering to meet and greet people on the day
  • Helping us get raffle prizes
  • Donating printing
  • Promoting the event to friends and in the community
  • Taking photos, doing design work, translation or anything else

Please email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk

We have a range of information available on our website:

For dietary, family, and access requirements click here
For venue, travel and accomodation information click here
For information on sponsorship opportunities, donations, or volunteering click here
For further details on the daytime workshop and social event as they’re announced click here
For further details on the evening live alternative music event as they’re announced click here
For general information and background on BiFest Wales click here
And for details of previous BiFest Wales events and to get an idea what it’s like click here

If you have any other questions or want to volunteer, donate or help out in any way please email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk


Walking bus from Swansea train station for BiFest Wales

Our volunteer Sarah Curtis has offered to meet people at Swansea train station before BiFest Wales.
She’ll be holding a sign saying BiFest Wales.
Sarah will be at Swansea train station from around 11:20am until 12:05pm to meet people off the trains.
She’ll walk people over to Swansea YMCA in time to register and be at the first workshop.
We hope this helps.


Change to the evening line-up for BiFest Wales 2016

There’s been a change to the evening line up for BiFest Wales. Cathars had to withdraw as their singer has a serious throat infection.
Chris Zoah Williams will be playing acoustic punk at 9pm.
Thank you very much to Chris for stepping in at the last minute.
One man and Guitar, singing songs about lost loves, addiction and sleepy hometowns with fresh covers thrown in.
Check him out: https://www.facebook.com/chriszoahmusic/
Cathars really regret having to withdraw and hope to join us for BiFest Wales next year on 13th May 2017


Workshop timetable confirmed for BiFest Wales 2016

The full workshop timetable and details have now been confirmed for the daytime at BiFest Wales 2016 on Saturday 14th May 12 noon – 6pm at Swansea YMCA.
You can register on the first floor in the Theatre from 12 noon.

Full details of the daytime event, including full workshop descriptions, can be found here
Details of the evening live alternative music gig can be found here

The timetable for the day is:

Time Workshop Room 1 Workshop Room 2
12:30 – 1:15pm All about bisexuality
1:30 – 2:15pm Bisexuality and faith panel Get crafty together at the craft table
2:15 – 2:45pm BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)
2:45 – 3:30pm Looking for a B movie Fitting and Mis-fitting in communities
3:45 – 4:30pm Bisexuality and intersections with other identities Moving the In-Betweenness – Movement and creative arts workshop
4:45 – 5:30 pm Alternative subcultures and hate crime Games
6 -7:30pm BREAK for sound check – Only organisers and performers stay.
7:30pm – 11:45pm Live music event and DJs in the Theatre (main BiFest room)

New workshops have been added to those previously advertised:

Bisexuality and faith panel
Hear from bi people about their experiences of being bi and of faith. Facilitated by Chris Poote with Rachel Berkson, reform Jew; Miriam Moules, Methodist lay preacher; and Paul Rousselle, Pagan on the panel.
After the panel talk about their experiences there will be an opportunity for other participants to ask questions and talk about their experiences.

Fitting and Mis-fitting in communities
This is a fun, interactive workshop, which will look at how people identify themselves beyond their sexual orientation. Where do you fit into the bi community? Do you feel alone or that you’re not the same as everyone else? This session will allow people to find other people with similar interests and make friends.

Bisexuality and intersections with other identities
An interactive workshop discussing experiences of being bisexual or attracted to more than one gender and other aspects of identity, such as gender, race, disability, religion or faith, culture, language, younger, older etc. Participants will be able to ask questions and discuss the issues facing people who are bi and have other identities (known as intersectionality)

Moving the In-Betweenness – Movement and creative arts workshop
A fun and interactive workshop where we will explore asserting our identity and connecting with our body in a positive way. Through creative movement activities and relaxation exercises, experienced dance and movement psychotherapist Thania Acaron, will help us explore our in-betweenness in a supportive space, challenge expectations and discover ourselves through play, expression and collaboration. Thania Acarón is a performer, choreographer and dance movement therapist from Puerto Rico, currently based in Scotland and Wales.  Thania also offers international workshops on movement and wellbeing and is co-artistic director of Orphaned Limbs Collective.  www.thania.info; www.orphanedlimbs.com