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


Final call for people to run workshops at BiFest Wales 2016

BiFest Wales is entirely run by volunteers.
People with ideas and an interest in running workshops or fun session are very welcome.
Whether you’re an experienced facilitator, been to many bi community events, or are completely new and BiFest Wales will be your first event your input is welcome.
If you have an idea for a fun and interactive workshop where people get to know other BiFest Wales attendees, or want to facilitate the craft session, or want to run a workshop on a bi or related issue please email: bicymru@yahoo.co.uk asap.

All the musicians and performers at BiFest Wales, the designers, translators and registration desk are also volunteers. Without them we could not run BiFest Wales.

If you’re interested in volunteering on the day or in advance by:

  • Going to other groups to promote BiFest Wales
  • Donating a raffle prize
  • Displaying a poster
  • Handing flyers to your friends and/or colleagues
  • Professional Welsh translation
  • Photography
  • Meeting people at the train station and walking them over
  • Meeting and greeting people at BiFest Wales
  • Helping on the registration table at BiFest Wales

Please email: bicymru@yahoo.co.uk


First workshops confirmed for BiFest Wales 2016

We’re pleased to announce the first confirmed workshops for BiFest Wales 2016
The full timetable for the daytime 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday 14th May 2016 will be available a few weeks before the event.
Further details will be announced here and on the Facebook event

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.
Looking for a B movie
Mark Williams from the Iris Prize Festival and Iris in the Community project will be exploring the representation of bisexual people in film. Are there positive images out there?  With the Iris Prize now in its 10th year the organisers are concerned at the lack of complete bisexual storylines and characters in the submissions received, how could this change, what would you like to see in a film?
This interactive workshop is open to anyone who wishes to share their views and contribute to the debate, or to people who may be considering developing their own bisexual story in the near future.
Alternative subcultures and hate crime
Based on the Sophie Lancaster campaign this interactive workshop will explore how crimes targeted at people from alternative subcultures happen and can be addressed.
Games
A session playing interactive games with other BiFest Wales attendees.
Get crafty together
Bring your knitting, crochet, arts and craft skills and ideas and share them with other BiFest attendees at the craft table. We’ll also be drawing our own bisexuals and having a chat. Some craft materials are supplied along with colouring and puzzle books for younger attendees. This session is family friendly and appropriate for people with no arts and crafts skills as well as experts.

2 acts announced for the evening live music event at BiFest Wales 2016 – 14th May

We’re pleased to announce 2 acts for the evening, live alternative music gig at BiFest Wales 2016. More details here

9pm – Cathars – Post-punk / goth rock
This is the disillusioned generation. We live in a world of broken promises and lies. The old systems are failing and new ways are being sought. Out of turmoil comes a fresh voice.Cathars is the brain child of Cardiff based musical duo Matt Hopkins (guitar and vocals) and Lyndon Carroll (bass). After a musical partnership over several years and multiple bands, we saw long untapped musical grounds in the post-punk / hard rock sounds of the 80’s and decided to fuse these with lyrics and themes that mirrored the austerity stricken social landscape that surrounded us.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CatharsCardiff
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/cathars.uk
Bandcamp: https://cathars-uk.bandcamp.com/

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11pm – DrakenWerks – Welsh industrial/EBM/Something else?
DrakenWerks is a Welsh music artist specialising in Industrial / EBM / Something Else genre of music. New album, No Prisoners, due out May.

DrakenWerks is the creative electornic project of Draken, Goth and Industrial DJ and Promoter from South Wales. A distinctly different yet highly danceable mixture of sounds makes each DrakenWerks track stand out from the rest. DrakenWerks has played a number of times live, having supportted bands inside and out of Wales including V2A, AshestoAngel, Ayria, Inertia, 3 Teeth and Alien Vampires, where Draken is joined on stage by Zerostar and Kelly on the synths.

In 2015, DrakenWerks released their new single, Suck it up M***er F***er, an extremely popular single that has sold world wide and seen their numbers of fans soar. In the first part of 2016, DrakenWerks will be releasing their next album, No Prisoners, featuring a number of the songs they play live plus many more. Both the single and album have benefitted from bringing on board a professional and professional producer in the shape of Gregor Beyerle (Formerly of Modulate, currently of Repear and Skyla Vertex and also live synths in L’ame Immortelle and Nachtmahr) and his Dreamcatcher Studio to really give the new tunes some real dance floor shaking kick.

This is only the beginning for DrakenWerks, there is a lot more stuff in the pipeline for release over the next coming years, including a complete rebuild of the first album and DrakenWerks third album due out in 2017.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/drakenwerks
Website: www.drakenwerks.com
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/steven-draken-pickard/
Bandcamp: https://drakenwerks.bandcamp.com/
Contact (all enquiries): kilamatara@yahoo.co.uk
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On Saturday 14th May these acts will be joining Etherian and Not the only clown in the village performing live. DJ Gwilym will continue the music between live acts.
Evening gig is doors 7:30pm, first act 7:40pm, ends 11:45pm

Leaflets are available to download and print for the evening gig. Thanks to our designer G John Rees www.gjohnrees.com who like all the bands has donated his time and skills to make the event a success

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Posters and leaflets now available for BiFest Wales 2016

Posters and flyers for BiFest Wales 2016 on Saturday 14th May 2016 are available to download here.
We’re extremely grateful to anyone who can pass leaflets onto their friends or colleagues or display posters at work or to the public in any way.
Email Bicymru@yahoo.co.uk to request copies and we’ll meet you or post copies to you if you are unable to print them in colour and in the stated sizes.

Thank you to Mat Robinson-Burt (who also volunteers for www.londonwelsh.org) and G John Rees (www.gjohnrees.com) for volunteering their design work and to Huw Garan (ieithgi@googlemail.com) for volunteering Welsh translation.

A6 double-sided flyer (prints 4 per sheet):
PDF – A6_page1
PDF – A6_page2

A6 single double-sided flyer:
PDF – A6-Single(1)  A6-Single_page1  A6-Single_page2

A3 bilingual poster
PDF – BiFest2016-no-BLEED
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A4 English only poster
PDF – BiFest2016ENA4-no-BLEED
BiFest2016ENA4-Web

A4 Cymraeg (Welsh) only poster
PDF – BiFest2016CYA4-no-BLEED(1)
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First live acts announced for BiFest Wales 2016

As we look forward to BiFest Wales 2016 on Saturday 14th May we’re pleased to announce 2 of the acts who will be performing at the live alternative music part of the event 7:30pm to 11:45pm.

We’re still looking for 1 or 2 punk/grunge/rock/goth/ or rock and alternative acoustic acts to join the line up. Please email: bicymru@yahoo.co.uk to express your interest.

7:40pm – Not the only clown in the village – One man clown punk
Musical clown act.
FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/Not-the-Only-Clown-in-the-Village-305138947635/?fref=ts
Twitter: @rnbenson1
YouTube: Not the only clown in the village. Including: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwUk13WD10
My Space: https://myspace.com/ntocitv
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10pm – Etherian – Melodic Death Metal
Etherian is a Melodic Death Metal act, taking influence from films, video games and other popular culture, accented by low-tuned guitars, fast, thunderous drums, and a sweeping symphonic accompaniment.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Etherian-239808486041809/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EtherianOFFICIAL
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