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/


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.