Daytime workshop and social event 2017

BiFest Wales 2015 leaflet - front cover photo

BiFest Wales 2017
Saturday 13th May 2017, 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.
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.

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 2017.  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 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

The first workshops confirmed for BiFest Wales 2017 are:

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.

Make your own cat ears or floral headband
Suitable for all ages. Get together and make a fun cat ears or floral headband at the craft table. Instruction and guidance and materials provided. Donations welcome towards materials, but not needed.

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.

Getting involved
This workshop will discuss ways you can get involved in the Bi community in Wales and how we can make it better together. Roles discussed include making local groups happen, getting involved in BiFest Wales 2018, helping out at stalls and events, and a variety of areas from design and translation to talking to others.

Games
A session playing interactive games with other BiFest Wales attendees. Get to know other BiFest Wales attendees while having fun.

Bisexuality in Welsh history
Norena Shopland from Draig Enfys LGBT Welsh history project . From the earliest times to the present there have been famous bisexual people in Wales. Who were they? Come and hear their fascinating stories as Norena Shopland introduces you to some people from Bi Wales’ past.

Meeting people at the train station
Our volunteer, Sarah, 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 will be available to download here soon:
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.