Daytime workshop and social event 2016

BiFest Wales 2015 leaflet - front cover photo

BiFest Wales 2016
Saturday 14th May 2016, 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.)
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.
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.

Raffle
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.

Name the unicorn competition
At BiCon 2015 Bi Cymru, Bi Swansea and Bi Cardiff received a purple fluffy soft toy unicorn to use at meets and events for people to identify our groups. The unicorn doesn’t have a name yet. At BiFest Wales we’re running a name the unicorn competition. Entry is 50p per name. The winner gets the credit for naming the unicorn and a chocolate prize. Committee will be making a decision at the end of BiFest Wales, but we’ll take contact details so we can ensure the winner receives their prize.

Workshops
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’re in the process of confirming the workshops for 2016.  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 2016 or for BiFest Wales 2017 on Saturday 13th May 2017 please email us at:bicymru@yahoo.co.uk
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
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)

The workshops at BiFest Wales 2016 will be:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Meeting people at the train station
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.
A map with walking directions is also in the venue, travel and accommodation section.
There’s also pages in this section of our website on:

Posters and flyers for the event 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. 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
BiFest2016A3-web

A4 English only poster
PDF – BiFest2016ENA4-no-BLEED
BiFest2016ENA4-Web

A4 Cymraeg (Welsh) only poster
PDF – BiFest2016CYA4-no-BLEED(1)
BiFest2016CYA4

Evening live music gig flyer (can be printed as a poster on A4 or as A5 or A6 flyers)

BiFest Wales 2016 evening gig english2  BiFest Cymru 2016 evening gig Cymraeg2