We’ve been saying all along that BiCon would not be BiCon without its fabulous attendees – so to those of you who came to see us in Edinburgh last weekend, we’d like to extend a great big THANK YOU for making it truly wonderful.
311 people signed in over the four days, making it the biggest bisexual event that wasn’t specifically an International BiCon, and from the workshop facilitators to the friendly faces who sat on the desk registering attendees and answering questions, to those of you who simply walked around with a smile on your face – you all did a great job in making BiCon 2013 incredible
We weren’t without our setbacks, but Edinburgh University and Lothian Borders Police were extremelyhelpful in helping us to deal with other organisations that caused us problems, and overall, we had lots of great feedback.
What happens now?
On Sunday, at the closing plenary, we passed the cuddly Latimer onto Jennifer, from the 2014 team, who will be co-running next year’s event
at Leeds Trinity University in Horsforth from July 31st – August 3rd
. You can keep up with their plans on the website, Twitter
If you just can’t wait until then, how about BiFest Cymru, a one day “mini-BiCon” being held in Swansea on October 5th? There’ll be a small selection of workshops and the chance to hang out with the people you met last weekend, and it’s only £5 per person.
There used to a tradition of BiCon t-shirts, but we haven’t had them for some years now – since BiCon last visited Scotland, in fact. Katie was determined to make the BiCon t-shirt happen again, and (better late than never)
she’s set up a Spreadshirt store
full of things to wear and carry about, with our fantastic bisexual Saltire heart (above) emblazoned upon them. (There’s no mention of the word BiCon on any of the products, so if you’re not out, you’re not missing out!). We’ve chosen Spreadshirt because they have the option of shipping from the UK/EU, and a great range of clothing sizes. All products are sold at cost price to keep it as cheap as possible for you.
Since BiCon 2004, we have collected information about people who attend the event, to find out something about you, and your thoughts on BiCon and bisexuality. This information provides a profile used to compare changes in the BiCon community over time, as well as specific questions – this year we’re focusing on biphobia
. Research analysing the data is then published in Bi Community News. Please complete the survey
and post it back to: BiPhoria, c/o LGF, 5 Richmond St, Manchester M1 3HF
We are pleased to announce that single day passes (workshops/entertainments) for Friday and Saturday at BiCon 2013 will be priced as follows:
Unwaged and students – £20
Low waged – £25
Waged – £30
Evening passes, for the evening entertainments on Thursday, Friday or Saturday only will cost (per evening):
Unwaged and students: £5
These can be paid for by cash or cheque at BiCon itself – at this point, there is no pre-booking available.
Non-residential passes for the whole weekend (Thursday evening – Sunday afternoon) are also available from £65.
As a reminder, our programme is online here and our evening entertainments are here.
A few lovely people are needed to help at the reception desk during BiCon, and a few gophers as well. It’s a fantastic way to help out BiCon and the bi community during the event, and there’s no need to worry if you don’t know what to do: there’ll always be experienced people on hand, and the BiCon team will be around if you need help. The rota
is was viewable online as an Excel spreadsheet, and all you have to do to sign up is email Katie ( email address removed) telling her which shifts you’d like to volunteer for and which job you’re happy to do.
Remember to check the programme first to make sure there’s no workshop on that you really want to attend at the same time as the shift you’re offering to do.
Due to cancellations, we have a few single standard rooms available. Please email Elizabeth at
email address removed if you’d like to change your booking from non-residential to single standard and she will provide you with an updated cost. First come, first served.
Also, please remember that due to the structure of the accommodation buildings, there are no self-contained flats this year, and the rooms are more like hotel rooms with shared pantries or kitchenettes. Some buildings also have common rooms. We are also sharing the accommodation buildings with other groups. Therefore, the venue is unable to group set numbers of BiCon attendees together. However, if you would particularly like to be near a few people you can e-mail Elizabeth at
email address removed and she will do her best negotiations with the venue. Requests need to be submitted before Friday 5th July. Priority will be given to requests linked to access requirements.
We know that many of us will miss the flat system, but this is an opportunity for us to meet new people and make new friends!
If you have booked on site accommodation and have not yet emailed Elizabeth about access and dietary requirements, please do so as soon as possible.
There is an on-site restaurant that is providing FREE breakfasts to everyone who has booked accommodation and we want to make sure we have enough of the right kinds of food for everyone. There are also rooms that have been adapted for various physical needs which we need to ensure we are allocating appropriately – so if you do have additional needs, getting this info to us ASAP is absolutely vital!
Once again, her email address is
email address removed.
We had to suspend bookings this afternoon for a short while, because we ran out of the bedrooms we had reserved at the venue.
The good news is that we are able to secure a few more, so if you want to stay at the venue, and haven’t yet booked, you must book NOW.
We have an online booking form to make this super easy.
Because the number of available rooms is small, we will get back to you with the situation (good news or bad) as soon as possible – our confirmations are all sent manually.
The extra rooms we have been able to reserve are standard singles – between us and other groups, all of the venue’s en-suite singles have been booked. As previously announced, and as we said we would do, we cancelled the reservations for all unbooked twin and double rooms back in January. If you have booked since, want one of those rooms, and are prepared to pay the extra costs, please let us know as some can be reserved for us.
Again, if you want to stay at the venue, and haven’t yet booked, you must book NOW.
All accommodation for BiCon 2013 has now been booked.