Previous BiFest Wales events

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BiFest Wales is supported by volunteers. Because Bi Cymru/Wales is run by volunteers and we are reliant on volunteers to run the day many details, such as workshops, aren’t confirmed until near the event.
To give you a flavour of BiFest Wales this page has previous workshop details, evening live music event details and previous posters.

If you’re interested in helping out we need volunteer support with:

  • Alternative (rock, goth, punk, metal, industrial etc.) DJs, musicians, acts and bands to perform in the evening for travel expenses and publicity
  • Welsh translators
  • Raffle prizes and food donated by companies or individuals
  • People to have ideas for and run workshops during the day
  • People to run craft sessions
  • People to help on registration and meet and greet
  • People to promote the event
  • Photographers

Email: BiCymru@yahoo.co.uk if you’re interested in helping out.

BiFest Wales 2019 is provisionally on Saturday 11th May 2019. We’re waiting for Eurovision to confirm the date of the Eurovision final for 2019, as we’re trying to make sure we don’t clash and everyone can enjoy both Eurovision and our live alternative music gig.

 

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
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 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 at:bicymru@yahoo.co.uk 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

Time

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

Games

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.

Games
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

There’s also pages in this section of our website on:

Posters and leaflets
BiFest Wales relies on the support of people who are interested, supporters, individuals and organisations to spread the word and get people involved.
Leaflets and posters for you to print and display or download and send  by email to your contacts are available below.
If you cannot print in colour on the stipulated size for whatever reason please contact bicymru@yahoo.co.uk and we’ll arrange to meet you or send you copies asap.
We are extremely grateful to anyone who’s happy to give leaflets to their friends, put a poster up at work, or spread the word any way you can.

Many thanks to our volunteer designer Mat Robinson-Burt and to out volunteer Welsh translator Huw Garan (ieithgi@googlemail.com) .

Please feel free to print posters and leaflets or contact us for copies.

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BiFest Wales 2018 Saturday 12th May 2018 Evening live alternative music gig

Live music event with DJs after the daytime event and a break with an alternative, rock, metal and industrial theme

Entry: £4 on the door only, no advance tickets

Open to all ages – young people under 18 must be accompanied by an adult for the evening. Only the adult should go to the bar, even for soft drinks. Please note some acts have explicit lyrics and are parental advisory.  Please bring ID if you’re over 18 and want to purchase drinks at the bar, even soft drinks.

The Theatre, 1st Floor, Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ

Doors 7:30 pm, first act 7:45pm,, finish: 11:30pm. Please arrive in plenty of time before the scheduled time for any performer or band you particularly want to see, as timings and the order of acts are subject to change.

A bar will be available in The Theatre on the 1st floor of Swansea YMCA. Please bring ID if you look under 25.

Dance floor and seating throughout the night.

We’re grateful for their support, as all musicians, bands, acts and DJs are playing for travel expenses only to support the event. Please support them too. Many thanks to our volunteer designer too. If you’re part of an alternative band or are a solo alternative performer (rock/metal/punk/goth/industrial/EBM or similar) then please get in touch. BiFest Wales 2018 has a full bill now, but we’re looking for performers for BiFest Wales 2019 on Saturday 18th May 2019. Please contact bicymru@yahoo.co.uk

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7:45 pm Rapture’s End – 4 piece Female-fronted Alt Rock band from Swansea

Check them out:
Twitter: @rapturesend
Instagram @raptures_end
Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/xrapturesendx/

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8:45 pm 9x Dead – Gloom Rock from Rhymney

Check them out:

http://www.facebook.com/9xdead

https://spark.adobe.com/page/MiVlFlGMtXVcj/ 

www.Reverbnation.com/9xdead

http://www.9xdead.com/

http://www.youtube.com/9xdeadband

A famous musician once said ‘The good thing about Music is that when it hits you – you feel no pain’ – we beg to differ.
9xDead embrace the Pain, mixing the strongest and darkest feelings from the depths of the human soul; hate, guilt, desire, fear, revenge, jealousy & despair to create powerful music, a mirror to the darkness in us all.
These emotions need an outlet, and our uncompromising and unique sound is the perfect vessel for delivering this; a unique blend of diverse influences resulting in a potent brew; a hard, dark, rock cocktail full of crushing riffs, enduring melodies, bruising rhythms and surprising textures; blending Goth, Doom & Metal.
Not afraid to diversify, the band evolved for over a decade, culminating in a formulae that satisfies both themselves and their fans, both live and in the studio.
Notable 9x offerings are – ‘Lucifer’, menacing little ditty with razor sharp lead guitars over grinding bass and pounding drums, next up is ‘Samael’ slow, methodical, Eastern tinted tune, the kind you may find yourself humming along to. Stand out songs (fan favourites) Born To Bleed – Goth Metal monster with slightly kinky lyrics, cutting guitars, simplistic bass & rhythmic drumming. Consequence – this will mess with your mind, twisted lyrics, twisted everything. Forever – great groove, you just can’t keep still listening to this track. Crimson Dreams – horrible track but brilliantly done !. Controlled Aggression – fast, punky, catchy, thought provoking lyrics. Newer tracks feature the vocal talent of Rebekah, she brings a haunting melody to the already dark tracks. With well over 40 tracks on Reverbnation.com/9xdead – you’re bound to find something you like 😉
Our latest offerings have a keyboard edge to them ‘Awakening, The Hunter, plus Adam’s synth guitar adds even more layers to the overall depth & deep feeling. Not being able to label oneself, we go by – Gloom Rockers, we walk the line between Goth, Metal & Doom, with a slight Eastern and even Bluesy slant. This current line-up of Gary, Bekah, Adam & John has been together just over a year and the quality of the tracks are evolving, mutating into a beautiful, albeit tortured & menacing soundscape.

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9:45 pm Not the Sex Pistols – Local Sex Pistols tribute act.

www.facebook.com/notthesexpistols

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10:45 pm Dimethoxy – Dystopic Rhythmic Noise

Find him on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/DimethoxySTP/
on on Twitter @dimethoxystp
Check out his bandcamp: dimethoxy.bandcamp.com

DJ Ferocious Kitten – an alternative DJ playing the best in EBM, Industrial, Goth, Rock, Metal & everything in between between acts to keep you dancing! Regular DJ at Dead of Night (Swansea), co-DJ at Mk^Ultra (Cardiff) and occasional guest DJ at Khronology (Bristol) , as well as a member of Dark electro/Industrial band DrakenWerks https://www.facebook.com/DJFerociousKitten

Evening gig poster and flyers

Please download, share and print the leaflet and poster for the evening gig
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Evening alternative gig poster – BiFest Wales 2018

Alternative Evening gig flyer- BiFest Wales 2018

Interested in goth events in Swansea? Check out Dead of Night (Swansea’s dark alternative night, first Saturday every month in The Last Resort, High Street, Swansea) https://www.facebook.com/deadofnightpromotions)

Performers for BiFest Wales 2019
If 12th May 2018 is too soon or you’re busy, but you’re interested in performing at a future BiFest Wales please contact us: bicymru@yahoo.co.uk. BiFest Wales will be on the third Saturday of May every year unless there are issues with the date.  BiFest Wales 2019 will be on Saturday 18th May 2019. We reimburse travel expenses from South wales.

 

BiFest Wales 2019 is provisionally on Saturday 11th May 2019.
Please get in touch if you want to run a bi-themed, craft, or social workshop. If you want ideas look at the previous events or talk to Ele.
We rely on volunteers to run workshops and for everything at BiFest Wales.
Contact bicymru@yahoo.co.uk with your ideas, or any questions.

 

BiFest Wales 2017

Workshop timetable

There were 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

1:15 – 2pm

BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)

2pm – 2:45

Bisexuality in Welsh History

Speed friending

3pm – 3:45

Domestic abuse and bisexuality – Age restriction: 16+. Content warning – sexually explicit and emotionally intense

Fitting and Misfitting in communities

4pm – 4:45

Getting involved

Games

5pm – 5:45

Living as bi in a gay and straight world

Make your own cat ears or floral headband

6 -7:30pm

BREAK for sound check – Only organisers and performers stay.

7:30pm – 11:30pm

Live music event 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.

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.

Fitting and Mis-fitting in communities
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.

Domestic Abuse and Bisexuality
Dynamics of domestic abuse are becoming more understood, especially around non-violent types of abuse and coercion and control. However this is still based around heterosexual and usually female victim models. How does sexuality factor in domestic abuse experiences? What types of abuse are particular to bisexual victims? What help is available and how can we improve professional understanding?
Content warning: Sexually explicit and emotionally intense content
Age restriction: 16+

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

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.

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.

Living as bi in a gay and straight world
This is an interactive workshop, which has been run several times before very successfully. This workshop explores the reactions to bisexuality from both the gay and straight communities and looks at how different people cope with being bisexual in a world that is often viewed as either gay or straight. This is your chance to say how it is for you and hear from other people.

Download the BiFest Wales daytime handbook, timetable and workshop descriptions here:
BiFest Wales 2017 – Handbook and workshop timetable (English)

BiFest Wales 2017 – Handbook and workshop timetable (Cymraeg)

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

BiFest Wales 2017 – evening live alternative music gig

Doors 7:30 pm, first act 7:45pm, finish: 11:30pm. A bar will be available in The Theatre on the 1st floor of Swansea YMCA. Please bring ID if you look under 25. Dance floor and seating throughout the night.

We’re grateful for their support, as all musicians, bands, acts and DJs are playing for travel expenses only to support the event. Please support them too. Many thanks to our volunteer designer too. If you’re part of an alternative band or are a solo alternative performer (rock/metal/punk/goth/industrial/EBM or similar) then please get in touch. We’re still looking for performers for BiFest Wales 2018. Please contact bicymru@yahoo.co.uk

The alternative performers for BiFest Wales 2017 were:

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7:45pm 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

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8:45pm Captain Meatshield – YouTube Gamer and Musician

Captain Meatshield is a one-man metal-covers project, with a strong passion for the geeky side of life.
A life-long love of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, gaming, and music has led to the formation of a YouTube channel dedicated to “Let’s Play” gaming content, and heavy, symphonic metal covers.
While the gaming side of things tends to stay at home, Captain Meatshield wants to bring the music out to the public, and with covers of popular gaming themes from Final Fantasy, Duke Nukem, and Undertale, along with film and TV themes from Thunderbirds, Star Trek and The Nightmare Before Christmas, There should be something to appeal to everyone’s tastes!
Check him out: YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/CaptainMeatshieldUK
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Captain-Meatshield-202444073117646/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cptn_Meatshield
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/captain_meatshield
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/Cptn_Meatshield

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10pm DrakenWerks – Welsh Dark Electro / Industrial act
A Dark Electro / Industrial act from South Wales in the UK, DrakenWerks have risen to prominence in the last year. The brain child of promoter and DJ Draken, their last album, No Prisoners, went straight to number 2 in the German Alternative Charts and remained the maximum 8 weeks stay in the top 10 and their tracks have been tearing up dance floors and radio set lists since then.

They have also played across the UK, supporting acts such as Assemblage 23, Aesthetic Perfection, 3 Teeth, Youth Code, Mortiis, Clan of Xymox, Alien Vampires, V2A etc… and recently begun playing outside of the UK, starting with supporting Leaether Strip in Madrid, Spain, earlier this year. Also, later this year, DrakenWerks plan to release their second album, Age of Inofrmation along with a number of preceeding singles including a track mostly performed in Welsh.

Check them out: FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/drakenwerks
Website: www.drakenwerks.com
Twitter: twitter.com/drakenwerks
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/steven-draken-pickard/
Bandcamp: https://drakenwerks.bandcamp.com/
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DJ DarkDragon dusting off the mp3s after an extended break. Previous DJ at Unleashed with a penchant for all things rock and goth. playing goth, rock, and industrial music between acts to keep you dancing!

Interested in goth events in Swansea? Check out Dead of Night (Swansea’s dark alternative night, first Saturday every month in The Garage, Uplands https://www.facebook.com/deadofnightpromotions)

BiFest Wales 2016

Workshop timetable

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)

Detailed 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.

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.

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BiFest Wales 2016 Evening live alternative music event

Dj Gwilym from Dead of Night playing goth and industrial music between the bands.

7:45pm – 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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9pm – Chris Zoah Williams – acoustic punk
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/

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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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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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The flyer for this event was designed by the fabulous G John Rees. Check him out here:  www.gjohnrees.com

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BiFest Wales 2015

Workshop timetable

Time Workshop Room 1 Workshop Room 2
12:30 – 1:15pm All about bisexuality
1:30 – 2:15pm LGBT Hate crime project Craft workshop
2:15 – 3pm BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)
3 – 3:45pm Introduction to Ethical non-monogamy and polyamory 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)

Detailed 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.

Introduction to Ethical non-monogamy and polyamory – Ever wondered what Polyamory is? Or how people have non-monogamous relationships? This workshop will introduce what polyamory and ethical non-monogamy are, how non-monogamous relationships work and talk about the different challenges and ways people have non-monogamous  relationships. Polyamory and ethical monogamy are relationship options, options which people don’t often talk about. This workshop is a space to discuss polyamorous and ethical non-monogamous relationships further.

Craft workshop – explore concepts of your personal identify through drawing and craft. All ages welcome

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

LGBT Hate Crime – Andrew Davies from Unity Group Wales presents a workshop to help people to identify and recognise LGBT hate crimes and hate incidents in all their forms (e.g. neighbour harassment, low level harassment, verbal abuse) And to encourage people to speak to someone about incidents that they have experienced with a view to increasing reporting. Presentation of the project and topic with a Q&A from the audience.

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.

Fun and games – An organised space to participate in some fun, interactive games, have fun and get to know other people who’ve come to BiFest Wales.

Bisexuality and mental health – Using information from The Bisexuality Report and mental health projects run in the UK we explore mental health concerns in the bisexual community and discuss ways we can support each other and tackle stigma and prejudice against bi people in society.

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BiFest Wales 2015 alternative live music event:
BiFest Wales includes a live music and DJ event from 7:30pm. All performers support the event by playing for travel expenses only and help keep the entry costs low. The live music event is alternative themed (rock, goth, industrial etc.) and open to people of all ages, provided young people under 18 are accompanied by an adult.
There is a bar in the evening, so adults need to bring ID if you want to get served alcohol.
Our line up in 2015 was:

8pm – Catherine Elms – dark cabaret singer-songwriter & pianist
Catherine Elms is a singer/songwriter and pianist from Swansea, whose music combines heavy rock, dark cabaret, emotionally-charged melodies and idiosyncratic lyrics. Heavily influenced by Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Amanda Palmer, Catherine’s music has been described as dark, moving, adventurous, and honest.
Check her out: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherineelmsmusic?pnref=lhc
Website: www.catherineelms.co.uk
Twitter: http://twitter.com/catherineelms
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/blatantblithe

9pm – Between Waves – Female-fronted melodic rock. 
Between Waves formed in May 2013. Sick of hearing the same old derivative and safe scream verse/ singing chorus format, Between Waves from day one were intent on creating a distinctive, original and powerful sound, with the key word being BIG!!
Between Waves uses tuneful female vocals to create story based compositions that are instantly relatable to even the most stubborn of listener. With a wide variety of songs Between Waves has something for everyone to rock out to.
Check them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BetweenWaves?ref=ts&fref=ts
Website: http://www.reverbnation.com/betweenwaves3
Twitter: https://twitter.com/waves_between @waves_between
You tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHPMnVQNAqM9bYC0QRlnG8Q

10pm – Grim Citizens – Punk original and covers
A 3 piece welsh punk rock band with both a male and female vocalist.  Grim Citizens do varied covers as well as originals and are influenced by bands like Reuben and Alkaline Trio. 
Check them out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/grimcitizens
And their music can be found here: www.musicglue.com/grim-citizens
and on You tube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsZy_PH-i10w3-nJeC5FOA
11pm – DOx (David Flipping) – Experimental Electronic/EBM
Imperfect Music For Imperfect People.
Check DOx out here:
On facebook : https://www.facebook.com/NH2DOx?fref=ts
Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/nh2dox
Bandcamp: nh2dox.bandcamp.com
Twitter: twitter.com/DOxNH2 @DOxNH2
They also supported the Nachtmahr/V2A gig in Cardiff on 27th March

DJs: Adrian and Draken from Dead of Night (Swansea’s dark alternative night, first Saturday every month in The Scene https://www.facebook.com/deadofnightpromotions) and Off World Promotions (https://www.facebook.com/Off.World.Promotions?fref=ts)

The flyer for this event was designed by the fabulous G John Rees. Check him out here:  www.gjohnrees.com

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Click here to download the handbook with local information, workshops and details from the 2015 event

BiFest Wales 2014

Workshop timetable:

Time Workshop Room 1 Workshop Room 2
12:30 – 1:15pm Getting to know you – Speed FriendingMeet and Mingle social area – the Theatre
1:30-2:15pm All about bisexuality Craft workshop
2:15-3pm BREAK (refreshments and socialising in the Theatre)
3:15-4pm Bisexual Issues in the Workplace Agony Aunt columns
4:15-5pm Is passing important? Fun and games
5:15-6pm Bisexual issues in education
6:30-7:30pm BREAK BREAK
7:30pm – 11:45pm Live music event and DJs in the Theatre (main Bifest room) – more information here

 

Workshop descriptions

Getting to know you (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 evening live music social. Very informal and open to people of all ages.

All about bisexuality
The bisexual community is out there and there are many local groups and local and national event, mailing lists, magazines and other aspects of the community, but it’s often difficult to find if you don’t know where to look. This is an introductory discussion workshop mainly for those who are new to the bisexual community or who want to know more about bisexuality and bi issues. There will also be a chance to ask those awkward questions about bisexuality that you’ve always wanted to but not had the opportunity or confidence to.

Craft workshop
Ever wanted to know how to make something different or get crafty? Ceri from LGBT Cymru Helpline will be on hand to help you learn a new craft, while chatting and making new crafty friends

Bisexual Issues in the Workplace – Rachel Nicholson (Stonewall Cymru)
A workshop presenting research into the experiences of bisexual people in the workplace followed by a discussion of recommendations to promote inclusivity.

Agony Aunt columns – Roxy (Transgender in Wales)
A chance to have a go at writing and answering problem column articles. This fun, interactive session will be a chance to discuss relationship issues through agony aunt letters, from the silly and small to the large or bi-related issues.

Is passing important? – Alex Drummond
A discussion-based workshop around experiences of being ‘out’ as transexual, transvestite, genderqueer, androgynous, non-binary and anywhere on the trans* spectrum. This workshop will focus on ‘passing’ and people’s experiences pre- and post-transition and on experiences of being ‘out’. Open to supporters and anyone interested.

Fun and games
An organised space to participate in some fun, interactive games, have fun and get to know other people who’ve come to BiFest Wales.

Bisexual issues in education
What young people learn about sexuality and sexual orientation can have a lasting effect on experiences of prejudice, bullying and discrimination throughout life. This is a discussion workshop looking at what needs to be taught around bisexuality in schools, colleges and universities?; what our experiences and issues have been as bi people?; what support should be there for bi young people?; what training do teachers and lecturers need? And similar issues.

Evening live music event 2014
BiFest Wales includes a live music and DJ event from 7:30pm. All performers support the event by playing for travel expenses only and help keep the entry costs low. The live music event is alternative themed (rock, goth, industrial etc.) and open to people of all ages, provided young people under 18 are accompanied by an adult.
There is a bar in the evening, so adults need to bring ID if you want to get served alcohol.

In 214 our live music was from:

8pm Tutti Fruity – Swansea’s recently formed LGBT friendly choir will be performing a song at the start of the evening.
Check them out at: www.singersrock.com or on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/tuttifruitysingersrock?fref=ts They welcome new members.

This was followed by:
8:10pm Kayleigh Emma Morgan  – a solo acoustic singer, songwriter and guitarist.
Check out her music at:http://www.youtube.com/user/KayleighMorganMusic or look up her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KayleighMorganMusic

Then:
9pm Rock of Ages – a Classic Rock band spanning time both musically and ages of the band members (12 to 65)
Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/rockofages13

10pm Etherian – A local 3-piece Melodic Death Metal act, with influences from bands like; Amon Amarth, Dethklok, Dimmu Borgir, Five Finger Death Punch and Trivium. Check them out at:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Etherian/239808486041809?ref=hl or on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/EtherianOFFICIAL

Finishing with:
11pm DrakenWerks – A Welsh Cyber-Industrial artist – will be closing BiFest Wales 2014. Home grown industrial talent.
Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/drakenwerks?sk=app_178091127385&app_data

With local DJs filling the gaps between live acts and allowing you to continue to dance the night away:

Gwilym – South Wales rock and goth DJ from Dead of Night
David Flipping – recurring DJ at Dead of Night & musician DOx

The flyer for this event was designed by the fabulous G John Rees. Check him out here:  www.gjohnrees.com
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to download the handbook with local information, workshops and details from the 2014 event.