BiFest

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A BiFest is a one-day festival celebrating bisexuality, usually with workshops and discussions during the day and social events in the evening, complementing the larger convention BiCon. Currently there have been at least sixteen BiFests around the UK since 1999, with the busiest attracting around 130 people.

The content of each BiFest differs, dependent on the wishes of the organisers. Features that have been consistent so far include a basic introduction to bisexuality, useful literature, people to chat to, arts/crafts and cake. Other sessions such as activism, fun and games and flirting tend to pop up fairly regularly.

Everyone is welcome, whether they are bi, bicurious, partners, friends or allies of bi people provided they are open and accepting of other attendees. Access for those with impaired mobility or with children will differ for each BiFest, so please check in advance.

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The first BiFest, in 1999, was a "Festival of Bisexuality", and was combined with a bisexual march through London. Similar smaller events were held in Manchester in 2001 and 2002. However, they did not use the "BiFest" branding, and the idea was not taken up again until 2005, when a new organising team stepped forward to create an annual BiFest in London.

Event Dates Venue Attendance
(London) BiFest 1999 13 February 1999 University of London Union, Malet Street, London
(London) BiFest 2005 14 May 2005 London Action Resource Centre, Whitechapel, London 130+
Manchester BiFest 2005 10 December 2005 Thompsons Arms, Manchester 100+
Brighton BiFest 2006[dead link] 11 February 2006 The Cowley Club, Brighton
London BiFest 2006 6 May 2006 'Doggett's Coat and Badge, Blackfriars Bridge, London 130+
Manchester BiFest 2006 23 September 2006 Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester 60+
Brighton BiFest 2007 12 February 2007 Royal Albion Hotel, 35 Old Steine, Brighton 90+
London BiFest 2007 19 May 2007 'Doggett's Coat and Badge, Blackfriars Bridge, London 100+
Manchester BiFest 2007 21 July 2007 Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester 60+
Brighton BiFest 2008 9 February 2008 Royal Albion Hotel, 35 Old Steine, Brighton
London BiFest 2008 3 May 2008 Doggett's Coat and Badge, Blackfriars Bridge, London 100+
Brighton BiFest 2009 7 March 2009 Jury's Inn, Brighton 75+
London BiFest 2009 16 May 2009 Doggett's Coat and Badge, Blackfriars Bridge, London 100+
Manchester BiFest 2009 3 October 2009 Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester
Birmingham BiFest 2009 21 November 2009 The Warehouse, Birmingham 50+ [1]
Oxford BiFest 2010 27 March 2010 The Oxford University Club[dead link], Oxford 83
BiFest Wales 24 April 2010 BiFest Wales [2], Cardiff 50
Manchester BiFest 2011 22 January 2011 Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester 50
Oxford BiFest 2011 4 June 2011 The Castle / The Jam Factory, Oxford 25

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References[edit]

  1. ^ bi_warrior on November 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm (2009-11-22). "BiMedia | Bisexual News & Opinion from". BiMedia.org. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  2. ^ "BiMedia | Bisexual News & Opinion from". BiMedia.org. 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 

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