London BiFest

London BiFest - 23rd June 2012

Important: for anyone coming here via the announcement in BCN, please note that London BiFest is now running in the morning as well as the afternnon.

New! the programme for London BiFest is now on-line, as is information about our photo projects.

A daytime event for the London bisexual community and its allies

London BiFest is an annual festival exploring and celebrating bisexuality. It will be held on the first weekend of World Pride, and provides space for bi and bi-friendly people to run workshops, play games and socialise.

Timetable and programme

Saturday June 23rd, 10am – 5pm, with a break for lunch between 1 – 2pm.

Throughout the day the main room will be social space, and will include a craft corner and a reading corner. There is also a full programme of events now available for the six sessions running in the session room.

Throughout the day there will be two ongoing photo projects for anyone who wants to take part.

Venue

Resource For London, on Holloway Road in Islington. Nearest tube, Holloway Road on the Piccadilly Line. Also nearby, Finsbury Park and Upper Holloway stations.

356 Holloway Road
London
N7 6PA

Note that due to building works at the venue, access is via the rear entrance, which you can get to either from Loraine Road or the entrance to Waitrose. This entrance has a wheelchair ramp.

BiFest registration will be on the second floor outside the main room (Seminar Room 1).

Lunch

Lunch will not be provided, and unfortunately the venue does not allow you to eat your own food there, but there are many pubs and cafés nearby. Literally next door to the venue are The Coronet, a large wheelchair-accessible J D Wetherspoon pub and the Holloway Road Waitrose.

There are several parks within 15 minutes walk or a short bus ride from the venue, if the waether's nice and you fancy a picnic.

Cost

Admission charges to London BiFest are set out below:

Cost Full price Unwaged or other low income
(note: you don't need to bring proof)
All day £10 £5
Morning or afternoon £5 £2.50

There is no booking in advance - just turn up.

Children

Children are welcome to attend with a responsible adult, but we do not have the resources to offer crèche facilites, and the adult will be responsible for the child at all times.

After-party at Shenanigans

Although BiFest finishes at 5pm, there is an after-party at the Shenanigans club night in New Cross. One of the Shenanigans DJs was a regular DJ at past BiFests, so we're keeping up a tradition here.

New Cross is a few miles away from the BiFest venue. Normally, there is a direct train, but TfL have decided in their wisdom to suspend it for BiFest weekend due to engineering works. It's still relatively straightforward to get there via London Bridge or Cannon Street, but involves a couple of changes on London Underground or buses.

There is a £1 discount on entry to Shenanigans with a BiFest flyer, and although the club doesn't start until 10pm, it's in a very nice pub, so you can turn up early and get some drinks or food beforehand. There are more details on Shenanigans here.

Accessibility

The venue has two lifts, one wide enough for powered wheelchairs, and a wheelchair-accessible toilet. Please email us on access@london.bifest.org if you have specific questions.

Volunteering

London BiFest this year is being run by Sharon, Katy and David M. If you'd like to volunteer to help out with the event, do let us know by e-mailing info@london.bifest.org. We're particularly looking for people to be on the registration desk during the afternoon.

Community

If you'd like extra information or to meet some potential attendees online, you might be interested in looking at the LiveJournal BiFest community. London BiFest also has a Twitter account, @LondonBiFest, and a Facebook event page.

Links - London and UK bi-related websites and events

Pride London
http://www.pridelondon.org/

The Bisexual Underground, a monthly pub night in London
http://www.bisexualunderground.org/

Bi Coffee Meet, a monthly coffee meet in London
http://bi.org/bicoffeelondon/

London Bisexuals on Meetup.com
http://www.meetup.com/london-bisexuals/

BiCon, the annual UK bisexual convention
http://www.bicon.org.uk/

The Bisexual Index, an organisation to discuss bisexuality and combat biphobia
http://www.bisexualindex.org.uk/

Bi.org, the origin for bi information
http://bi.org/

Bi Community News (BCN), the regular magazine for the UK bi scene
http://www.bicommunitynews.co.uk/