For Bi Visibility Day 2020 we’re holding an online discussion and question and answer session hosted by Bi Cymru / Wales (the Welsh bi network and organisation) and supported by Pride Cymru. Pride Cymru are also providing a BSL interpreter for this event, to make sure it is as accessible as possible.
This is an open, free event. Please share and invite your friends, and let workplaces know. It will be on Zoom, but you need to register on Eventbrite.
Based on a session we have held at every BiFest Wales, this session is your chance to: – ask all those questions you felt too awkward or embarrassed to ask – ask questions you didn’t know who to ask – ask what you want to know No question is too silly.
This session is open to anyone (aged 16+, as this is a live Q+A, so we cannot guarantee what language attendees will use or the contents in advance) who wants to ask questions or know more about being bi, pan, poly, or omni sexual/romantic and attracted to more than one gender, bi visibility, bi issues, and being a bi ally.
We’ll be talking about the wider bi community – anyone attracted to more than one gender. This includes bi, pan, poly and omni sexual / romantic people and issues, and people who don’t use any words or labels at all.
Bi Wales and our local groups have moved our meets online during the Covid crisis.
We’re meeting online every 2 weeks until at least the end of 2020
Meets are open to anyone who lives, works or studies anywhere in Wales who is attracted to more than one gender. Whatever term you use. We also welcome allies, and supporters from outside Wales
Meets are on Zoom. Join our Facebook group to be notified of each meet https://www.facebook.com/groups/5601885683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We meet every other Thursday 6:30 to 8 pm. Meets for the rest of 2020 are: Thursday 1st October Thursday 15th October Thursday 29th October Thursday 12th November Thursday 26th November Thursday 10th December
Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak we have had to take the decision to postpone BiFest Wales / Bi Pride Local 2020. We will announce a new date when we know more, as time progresses. Access and inclusion are priorities for us, so we cannot run an event which excludes older and disabled people or puts people at risk. Stay safe and look after each other in this difficult time.
We have now taken the decision not to run BiFest Wales / Bi Pride Local in 2020, on the grounds of safety. We hope we will be able to run BiFest Wales / Bi Pride local on our usual date in 2021 – 2nd or 3rd Saturday of May.
More details on 2021 will be announced soon. In the meantime please email email@example.com if you have any questions or want to help out and please join our events for Bi Visibility Day and our regular online meets.
Saturday 16th May 2020 The Theatre, YMCA Swansea Day: 12 noon – 6 pm. Evening alternative music gig: 7:30 – 11:30 pm
Daytime: 12 noon – 6pm, First workshop 12:30pm
Evening live alternative music gig and social event with DJs: 7:30pm – 11:30pm. First live act: 7:45pm
The Theatre, 1st Floor, Swansea YMCA, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ Free entry
Bi Cymru / Wales are partnering with Bi Pride UK to make this year’s BiFest Wales bigger, better, more accessible and free entry for everyone!
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult for the daytime. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for the evening. Note: some of the music contains explicit lyrics and is parental advisory.
A one-day bi themed event for bisexual people, people attracted to more than one gender, friends, partners, families, allies and anyone bi supportive whatever their sexual orientation/ sexuality.
Evening – live alternative music gig and DJs (punk, alternative, rock, metal and industrial styles) Raffle
Workshops and panels on a range of bi and related issues;
Games, craft and getting to know you sessions;
Bi, LGBTQI+ and supporter’s stalls and information
Click here for details of the daytime event Click here for details of the evening live alternative music gig Click here for an overview of BiFest Wales and how to get involved, support us or volunteer Click here for information on past BiFest Wales events Click here for accommodation, travel information and venue information Click here for access, dietary and families information
If you’re interested in:
Donating a raffle prize
Performing in the evening (any rock, punk, metal, industrial etc. styles of music)
Delivering a bi themed or getting to know you/ social / fun workshop
Or having a stall for your charity, voluntary group, community group, trade union, or public sector organisation or service. Stalls for unfunded Welsh LGBTQI+ groups and for bi organisations in the UK are free. Stalls for funded charities, groups, and other organisations are £50 per half table and £100 per full table with pull-up banner space. please email BiCymru@yahoo.co.uk or direct message Ele Hicks on FaceBook
An alternative music gig raising funds for Bi Cymru / Wales and local bisexual groups and activities in Wales.
All welcome. Note: due to being a licenced venue under 18s are not allowed in the venue after 9 pm.
Bi purpose – raising funds for Bi Cymru / Wales and local bi groups in Wales Bi reason – marking Bi Visibility Day and the 10 year anniversary of Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea Bi desire – raising awareness of bi and pan identities Bi part music – first part rock/metal, second part industrial.
£5 on the door only Doors 6:30 pm. First Live act 7 pm. Ends 11 pm. DJ after party Jam Rock, High Street, Swansea, 11 pm to 1 am.
We had a great time at Pride Cymru last weekend. We met lots of lovely people.
Many people said they would be interested in running a local bi group or occasional Bi events in Newport and Pembrokeshire.
If you’d like to help make these groups happen, 10 years after we first started Bi Cardiff and Bi Swansea, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ele Hicks by direct message on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/ele.hicks We’ll provide you with a listing on our website, links to your groups or events, leaflets, and information and all the support you need to make it happen.
To help us cover costs we run a raffle at BiFest Wales. We rely on local businesses to donate prizes to make the raffle a success. Tickets for the raffle are available at BiFest Wales for 20p a ticket or £1 a strip. We’ll take your contact details, so don’t worry if you’re only with us for the daytime part of the event, you can still enter and win (over 18s only)
Details of the venue are: Swansea YMCA is located at 1 The Kingsway, Swansea, SA1 5JQ. For photos of the venue you can visit their website: www.swanseaymca.org.uk
Worried about finding the venue from the train station? Our volunteer – Anthony Hayden will be at Swansea train station from 11:30 am until 12:10 pm on Saturday to meet people and walk you over to the venue in time to register and attend the first workshop. Anthony will be holding a sign saying ‘BiFest Wales’ on cardboard.
We look forward to welcoming you all on Saturday 🙂
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 have limited 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 a few stalls for organisations that support or sponsor the event. Contact us for information about booking a stall and being listed as a support from £50 to £150. Sponsors and supporter’s stalls- Pride Cymru are our main sponsor for BiFest Wales 2019. Stonewall Cymru are supporting us by having a stall at the event and running a workshop. LGBT Welsh Labour are supporting us by having a stall. 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 will be 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 email addresses or 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.
If you have an idea for a workshop for this year we’re happy to change the workshop timetable. Please email us at email@example.com asap. If you’re part of a charity, community group, trade union, or public sector organisation please send us 1 or 2 types of leaflets for your organisation for the community information tables.
We still have sponsorship and supporters opportunities available including stalls, and donating Welsh translation, refreshments, raffle prizes, stationery, craft supplies, and other supplies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
We’re pleased to announce the full line up for the evening live alternative music gig at BiFest Wales 2019 at YMCA Swansea, The Theatre, 1st floor, 1 The Kingsway, Swansea. Doors 7:30 pm First Live act: 7:45 pm Ends: 11:30 pm £4 entry – pay on the door only
10:30 pm DrakenWerks – Welsh Dark Electro / Industrial act
Please note timings and order is subject to change. Please arrive early for the act you want to see
DJ Gwilym – regular DJ at Dead of Night, Swansea’s goth night. Bringing you the best alternative music between acts to keep you dancing!