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)
BiFest2016CYA4


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
Not the only clown in the village logo


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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BiFest Wales 2016 announced

BiFest Cymru/ Wales 2016 has been confirmed
Our annual one day event for bisexual people, friends, family, and allies of all orientations will take place on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Swansea YMCA.

Daytime: 12 noon until 6pm Entry: £2
Evening live alternative music event: 7:30pm until 11:45pm Entry: £4
Pay for both together for £5
Under 16s Free entry (must be accompanied by a responsible adult)

BiFest Cymru/Wales is a day-long event. During the day there will be:

  • Workshops on bi and related issues
  • Craft, games, and getting to know you workshops
  • A craft area
  • A meet and mingle area
  • Information on the bi community, groups and events
  • Information from other community groups and organisations
  • Social space
  • A raffle
  • Name the Bi Cymru unicorn competition
  • Light refreshments included in the entry price

In the evening we have a live alternative music event with DJs filling the gaps between performances. Performers include a clown opening the night, melodic death metal, and cyber industrial.
There will be a bar during the evening event.
Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult and some of the acts are parental advisory, due to explicit lyrics.

More details will be on the website soon


Happy new year

Bi Cymru and the lcoal groups Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea wish all our members, supporter, and allies a happy new year.
We’ve had a really successful 2015 thanks to everyone’s support and are looking forward to 2016.

Meeting dates for Bi Cardiff and details can be found here
Meeting dates for Bi Swansea and details can be found here

BiFest Wales will be held in Swansea YMCA on Saturday 14th May 2016. Details will be posted in the BiFest Wales section of this website as they are confirmed


Raffle Prizes announced for BiFest Wales this Saturday 9th May 2015

We’re pleased to announce the list of raffle prizes for the raffle in support of BiFest Wales, Bi Cymru and the local Bi Swansea and Bi Cardiff groups at BiFest Wales this Saturday 9th May, 12 noon to 11:45pm

We’re extremely grateful to everyone who’s donated prizes. Tickets will be available throughout BiFest Wales for 20p each or £1 a strip from committee and volunteers. You must be over 16 to enter. If you can’t be with us till the end no worries we’ll take contact emails and phone numbers and notify all winners asap after BiFest Wales

Prizes are:

  • 2 tickets for AshestoAngels / Vanity Kills / DrakenWerks gig 16+ at The Scene, Swansea on 16th May donated by DrakenWerks
  • 2 tickets for Be My Enemy / AlterRed 18+ at Fuel, Cardiff on 4th June donated by Off World Promotions
  • 2 tickets for Vince Ripper and the Rodent Show / WormHead  18+ at The Scene, Swansea on 20th June donated by Off World Promotions)
  • Between Waves CD donated by Between Waves
  • Catherine Elms CD donated by Catherine Elms
  • A bunch of Queer magazines donated by Catherine Elms
  • 2 tickets for Vue Cinema, Swansea donated by Vue Cinema
  • 2 tickers for Odeon Cinema, Swansea donated by Odeon Cinema
  • Ticket for 6 people to go bowling donated by Tenpin Swansea
  • 2 prizes of combo meal and drinks vouchers for Nando’s Swansea, donated by Nando’s
  • LC2 (Leisure Centre) pass for 4 people donated by LC2
  • 2 x £10 vouchers for Frankie and Benny’s Swansea, (used separately) donated by Frankie and Benny’s
  • £10 voucher for Frankie and Benny’s Swansea donated by Frankie and Benny’s
  • 2 bottles of wine donated by Unity Group Wales
  • 1 bottle of white wine
  • 1 car steering lock

Workshop timetable announced for BiFest Wales 2015 – Sat. 9th May, YMCA Swansea, 12 noon-6pm

We’re pleased to announce the full workshop timetable for BiFest Wales 2015.
Please download the delegate pack here, which will be given out on the day.
The daytime workshop, social space and community information event includes 2 streams of workshops. One focuses on bisexual issues the other is about having fun and meeting new people.
BiFest Wales welcomes everyone interested in bisexuality and supportive, whatever your own sexual orientation/sexuality.

Workshops are:

Time Workshop Room 1 Workshop Room 2
12:30 – 1:15pm All about bisexuality
1:30 – 2:15pm Introduction to Ethical non-monogamy and polyamory Craft workshop
2:15 – 3pm BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)
3 – 3:45pm LGBT Hate crime project Fun and games
4 – 4:45pm Bisexuality in Welsh history Trans* Agony Aunt session
5 – 5:45 pm Bisexuality and mental health Informal getting to know you session at the meet and mingle table
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)

Find out more about these workshops and what else is going on during the daytime event here
Find out more about the evening alternative live music event here
We also have pages on getting here and finding the venue, car parks and accommodation in Swansea; access, dietary and family arrangements and background information on BiFest Wales on the BiFest Wales section of this website here