Previous BiFest Wales events

BiFest Wales 2015 leaflet - front cover photo

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, 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 help on registration and meet and greet
  • Photographers
  • People to promote the event

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

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/

Chris ''Zoah'' Williams's profile photo

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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DrakenWerks - Live Photo

 

 

 

 

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 2016 event

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.

Bifest Wales 2015 - A4 English poster

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

BiFest Wales 2015 Evening gig flyer - English

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
bifest Wales 2014 Evening flyer

BiFest Wales 2014 - A4 poster
Click here
to download the handbook with local information, workshops and details from the 2014 event.