Daytime workshop and social event 2018

BiFest Wales 2015 leaflet - front cover photo

Thank you to everyone who helped out or came to BiFest Wales 2018. Details are below for information so you can get an idea of what BiFest Wales is like during the day

We have a provisional date for 2019 – put Saturday 11th May 2019 in your diaries now. We’ll confirm as soon as we can.
If you have an idea for a workshop you want to run for 2019 – bi-related topics/discussion; social or games or getting to know people style workshops; or craft workshops please email us or contact Ele Hicks on FaceBook to discuss.
If you want to volunteer to help out in advance or on the day please let us know.

If you’re from an organisation (public sector, third/voluntary sector, trade unions etc.) and want to sponsor us by having a stall please contact us. Sponsorship opportunities are available from £50 to £150.
If you want to donate raffle prizes, refreshments, or craft supplies these are also needed for the event.
Organisations can also send us 1 or 2 types of leaflets for the community information area for free.

BiFest Wales 2018
Saturday 12th May 2018, The Theatre, 1st Floor, Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea
12 noon until 6pm – daytime workshop, social, meeting 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 an 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.

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 do not have 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 1 or 2 stalls for organisations that sponsor the event. Contact us for information about sponsorship opportunities from £50 to £200.
Sponsors stalls- Stonewall Cymru and Pride Cymru are sponsoring BiFest Wales 2018 by having stalls at the event. 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 tickets are just 20p each or £1 a strip (5 chances to win!) A list of prizes is 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 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.

There will be a range of workshops in a room next to the theatre and the the 2 rooms at the end of the first floor from 12:30pm until 6pm.
We are grateful to all the volunteers who’ve offered to run workshops. We rely on volunteers to make BiFest Wales a success and to keep entry prices low. If you have an idea for a workshop for  BiFest Wales 2018 or want to have a chat about what you could run in 2019 please email us or come and find Ele on the day if your idea is for 2019.

There will be 2 streams of workshops running throughout the day:

  • Workshops on bisexual issues and topics, activism, campaigns, and other topics
  • Games, getting to know you, and craft workshops

The workshops have now been confirmed for BiFest Wales 2018.
Please check the delegate pack on the day and registration for any changes. If you want to offer a last minute bi related workshop please let us know.

Workshop timetable


12:30 – 1:15pm

All 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 – 2pm

BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)

Workshop Room 1 – end of the hall and left

Workshop Room 2 – end of the hall

2pm – 2:45

Getting involved and having your say

Speed friending

3pm – 3:45

Bisexual Issues in the Workplace

Trans* and Bi Agony Aunt

4pm – 4:45

Coming Out – bi people’s experiences

Make your own badges & art – craft table

5pm – 5:45

Biphobic hate crime


6 -7:30pm

BREAK for sound check – Only organisers and performers stay.

7:30pm – 11:30pm

Live alternative music gig and DJs in the Theatre (main BiFest room)

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.

Getting involved and having your say
Ever wondered how the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government work? Ever wanted to know how you can get heard by Welsh and local government? This workshop will introduce you to how you can get involved and have your say at the Welsh and local levels. There’ll be an opportunity to ask your questions. Jointly run between Ele, Bi Cymru/Wales and Laura Price from the Assembly Commission.

Trans* and Bi Agony Aunt
Roxy Williams, Trans Coordinator (Unity) and Foxy Roxy Reviews (Youtube) – a fun, interactive session with an introductory question and answer, followed by groups of participants having a go at answering trans* and bi themed agony aunt letters. At the end of the session you’ll have a chance to write your own letter to the trans* and bi agony aunt and have it answered by the group.

Bisexual Issues in the Workplace – A workshop looking at experiences of being bisexual in the workplace and a discussion around our experiences and what can be done to make bisexuals feel included at work.

Make your own badges & art – craft table
Join South Wales AF for a fun filled badge making workshop! Whether you want to doodle your own or use one of our templates, make a pronoun badge or fly the bisexual pride flag high to celebrate it’s 20th year! We’ll have plenty of designs and ideas to help you and an array of craft supplies for those who’d rather make pictures, painting and prints! So come along and get artsy!
All materials provided for by South Wales AF and Bi Cymru so no need to worry about bringing anything else! Suitable for all ages.

Coming Out – bi people’s experiences
Coming out is a very personal decision and not right for everyone. When people do want to come out there are issues around who to come out to? When? How? And how will people react? A discussion workshop around the topic of coming out as bisexual exploring experiences, good and bad, and general issues around coming out.

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

Biphobic hate crime
This workshop will address issues such as would bi people report hate crime as homophobic? What stops bi people reporting hate crime? Are these issues different from the reasons lesbian and gay people don’t report? Would mentioning biphobic hate crime encourage people to report? You don’t have to have experienced hate crime to get involved in this workshop, but all participants will have a chance to express their views.

Delegate pack

You can download the full delegate pack for BiFest Wales here
BiFest Wales 2018 – Handbook and workshop timetable final

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