Bi Visibility Day – Ask a bisexual Question and Answer session

For Bi Visibility Day 2020 we’re holding an online discussion and question and answer session hosted by Bi Cymru / Wales (the Welsh bi network and organisation) and supported by Pride Cymru.
Pride Cymru are also providing a BSL interpreter for this event, to make sure it is as accessible as possible.

When: Wednesday 23rd September 2020 at 2 pm BST (UK British Summer Time) to 4 pm
Where: Online on Zoom. Register on Eventbrite

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ask-a-bisexual-a-discussion-and-qa-with-bi-wales-for-bi-visibility-day-tickets-119729501161

This is an open, free event.
Please share and invite your friends, and let workplaces know. It will be on Zoom, but you need to register on Eventbrite.

Based on a session we have held at every BiFest Wales, this session is your chance to:
– ask all those questions you felt too awkward or embarrassed to ask
– ask questions you didn’t know who to ask
– ask what you want to know
No question is too silly.

This session is open to anyone (aged 16+, as this is a live Q+A, so we cannot guarantee what language attendees will use or the contents in advance) who wants to ask questions or know more about being bi, pan, poly, or omni sexual/romantic and attracted to more than one gender, bi visibility, bi issues, and being a bi ally.

We’ll be talking about the wider bi community – anyone attracted to more than one gender. This includes bi, pan, poly and omni sexual / romantic people and issues, and people who don’t use any words or labels at all.

Note: We will be recording this event. We will be uploading the event to online platforms afterwards. If participants want to ask questions or be involved, but not recorded you can ask your questions in the chat and the organiser will read them out. You can also turn off your camera and rename yourself before we start recording so you cannot be identified.
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ask-a-bisexual-a-discussion-and-qa-with-bi-wales-for-bi-visibility-day-tickets-119729501161


Bi Wales meets online

Bi Wales and our local groups have moved our meets online during the Covid crisis.

We’re meeting online every 2 weeks until at least the end of 2020

Meets are open to anyone who lives, works or studies anywhere in Wales who is attracted to more than one gender. Whatever term you use. We also welcome allies, and supporters from outside Wales

Meets are on Zoom. Join our Facebook group to be notified of each meet https://www.facebook.com/groups/5601885683 or email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk
We meet every other Thursday 6:30 to 8 pm.
Meets for the rest of 2020 are:
Thursday 1st October
Thursday 15th October
Thursday 29th October
Thursday 12th November
Thursday 26th November
Thursday 10th December


Postponed: BiFest Wales / Bi Pride Local 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak we have had to take the decision to postpone BiFest Wales / Bi Pride Local 2020. We will announce a new date when we know more, as time progresses.
Access and inclusion are priorities for us, so we cannot run an event which excludes older and disabled people or puts people at risk.
Stay safe and look after each other in this difficult time.

We have now taken the decision not to run BiFest Wales / Bi Pride Local in 2020, on the grounds of safety. We hope we will be able to run BiFest Wales / Bi Pride local on our usual date in 2021 – 2nd or 3rd Saturday of May.

More details on 2021 will be announced soon. In the meantime please email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk if you have any questions or want to help out and please join our events for Bi Visibility Day and our regular online meets.

Stay safe and well everyone


BiFest Wales / Bi Pride Local 2020 announced – Saturday 16th May 2020 – YMCA Swansea

Saturday 16th May 2020
The Theatre, YMCA Swansea
Day: 12 noon – 6 pm.
Evening alternative music gig: 7:30 – 11:30 pm

Daytime: 12 noon – 6pm, First workshop 12:30pm

Evening live alternative music gig and social event with DJs: 7:30pm – 11:30pm. First live act: 7:45pm

The Theatre, 1st Floor, Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ
Free entry

Bi Cymru / Wales are partnering with Bi Pride UK to make this year’s BiFest Wales bigger, better, more accessible and free entry for everyone!

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult for the daytime. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for the evening. Note: some of the music contains explicit lyrics and is parental advisory.

A one-day bi themed event for bisexual people, people attracted to more than one gender, friends, partners, families, allies and anyone bi supportive whatever their sexual orientation/ sexuality.

Daytime

Evening – live alternative music gig and DJs (punk, alternative, rock, metal and industrial styles)
Raffle

  • Workshops and panels on a range of bi and related issues;
  • Games, craft and getting to know you sessions;
  • Social space
  • Craft area
  • Bi, LGBTQI+ and supporter’s stalls and information
  • Raffle
  • Refreshments included.

Click here for details of the daytime event
Click here for details of the evening live alternative music gig
Click here for an overview of BiFest Wales and how to get involved, support us or volunteer
Click here for information on past BiFest Wales events
Click here for accommodation, travel information and venue information
Click here for access, dietary and families information

If you’re interested in:

  • Volunteering
  • Sponsorship opportunities
  • Donating a raffle prize
  • Performing in the evening (any rock, punk, metal, industrial etc. styles of music)
  • Delivering a bi themed or getting to know you/ social / fun workshop
  • Or having a stall for your charity, voluntary group, community group, trade union, or public sector organisation or service. Stalls for unfunded Welsh LGBTQI+ groups and for bi organisations in the UK are free. Stalls for funded charities, groups, and other organisations are £50 per half table and £100 per full table with pull-up banner space.
    please email BiCymru@yahoo.co.uk or direct message Ele Hicks on FaceBook

Fundraiser alternative music gig for Bi Visibility Day 2019 in Swansea

An alternative music gig raising funds for Bi Cymru / Wales and local bisexual groups and activities in Wales.

All welcome. Note: due to being a licenced venue under 18s are not allowed in the venue after 9 pm.

Bi purpose – raising funds for Bi Cymru / Wales and local bi groups in Wales
Bi reason – marking Bi Visibility Day and the 10 year anniversary of Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea
Bi desire – raising awareness of bi and pan identities
Bi part music – first part rock/metal, second part industrial.

£5 on the door only
Doors 6:30 pm. First Live act 7 pm. Ends 11 pm. DJ after party Jam Rock, High Street, Swansea, 11 pm to 1 am.

7 pm – Shannon Park – Alt Rock Covers
7:45 pm – Dominic Nation & The Dirty Dead – Graveyard Glam Metal from Swansea
9 pm – Dimethoxy – Dystopian music (experimental rhythmic noise)
10 pm – DrakenWerks – Welsh Dark Electro / Industrial
DJ after party – 11 pm to 1 am – Jam Rick, High Street.

Fundraising gig poster - 21st September 2019 - Creature Sound Swansea

For more details and updates visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/380826602630931/


Call for new groups after successful Pride Cymru

We had a great time at Pride Cymru last weekend. We met lots of lovely people.

Many people said they would be interested in running a local bi group or occasional Bi events in Newport and Pembrokeshire.

If you’d like to help make these groups happen, 10 years after we first started Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea, email bicymru@yahoo.co.uk or contact Ele Hicks by direct message on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ele.hicks
We’ll provide you with a listing on our website, links to your groups or events, leaflets, and information and all the support you need to make it happen.


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/