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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.
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.
|(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+ |
|Oxford BiFest 2010||27 March 2010||The Oxford University Club, Oxford||83|
|BiFest Wales||24 April 2010||BiFest Wales , Cardiff||50|
|Manchester BiFest 2011||22 January 2011||Lesbian and Gay Foundation, Manchester||50|
|BiFest Wales 2011||5 March 2011||Cardiff University Students Union, Cardiff||60|
|Oxford BiFest 2011||4 June 2011||The Castle / The Jam Factory, Oxford||25|
|Manchester BiFest 2012||22 January 2012||Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Manchester||35|
|BiFest Wales 2013||5 October 2013||YMCA Swansea, Swansea||40|
|BiFest Wales 2014||10 May 2014||YMCA Swansea, Swansea||100+|
|BiFest Wales 2015||9 May 2015||YMCA Swansea, Swansea|
|Brum BiFest 2015||29 November 2015||Birmingham LGBT Centre, Birmingham||100+|