Worcester BiCon is GO!

Plans for this year’s BiCon, the UK’s largest annual bisexual event, are well underway.  BiCon 2009 will be taking place from 20-23 August at the University of Worcester, with workshop sessions running from Thursday lunchtime to mid afternoon Sunday. Accommodation will be available on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, with day tickets available from £10 (unwaged) on the door. A full pricing schedule will be on the  website soon, but the good news right now is that prices will be held at last year’s rate.

Martin Winfield, team leader for BiCon 2009 said, “We’re thrilled to be returning to the University of Worcester again this year; the campus is an ideal size for BiCon and all the facilities are close together.  We had a great time back in 2005 and built a lot of goodwill with the University staff who were bowled over by our sense of community and exemplary behaviour.  Even if at first they weren’t sure as to the wisdom of inviting 200 bisexuals to share their campus, by the end of BiCon they loved us and we loved them!”

For those who remember the 2005 event, arrangements will be broadly similar, although accommodation will be in a newer block with some ensuite & wheelchair accessible rooms available too.  All rooms will be in units of 4 or 6 with shared kitchen & 2 wc/shower rooms (where applicable). Bed linen and towels will be provided, as will kitchen utensils, cutlery and crockery.  Although BiCon is a self-catering event, drinks and snacks will be available during the day from the on-site café.  And, since the campus is only ten minutes walk from local shops & takeaways, no one should starve!  Following the usual BiCon format, we’ll be scheduling several parallel strands of discussion groups & workshop sessions each day.  Evening entertainments will be held in the Students’ Union building, which is just across the quad from BiCon reception. Exact details are under wraps as yet, but party maestro Gary has some exciting possibilities up his sleeve.  Non-party-people can rest assured that there will also be quiet evening social spaces for playing board games, chatting, knitting or just chilling out.  It all adds up to a great weekend away: who could resist?

New to BiCon?
If you’ve ever leafed through a copy of BCN before, you can’t fail to have noticed mention of “BiCon”, a seemingly mythical place where everything is possible and all things bi can be freely discussed.  But it is actually a very real event: an annual long-weekend gathering for bi people, their friends, partners and anyone else with a supportive interest in bisexuality.  There are discussion groups and workshops all day and social space & entertainment in the evening.  Although it’s a residential event, you’re free to attend as much or as little as you like.  BiCon is a diversity-friendly event and typically has around 200 participants, of whom 60 are there for the first time.  It’s run entirely by volunteers and aims to be accessible to everyone who would like to attend.  Ticket prices range on a sliding scale (based on your income), with day tickets available from £10 (unwaged).  We also have a “helping hand” fund for people who might not otherwise be able to come to BiCon.   Parents will be pleased to know that, subject to demand, daytime crèche space will be available too. Check out our website for further details.

Call for workshop session proposals
Although BiCon might seem a long way off, now is a good time to dig out those ideas or dust off the notes that you made last year and think about workshop sessions which you might like to run this year.  In addition to the old favourites, we’d welcome suggestions for anything new. So, if you have an idea for something a bit different but you’re unsure if it would work, then send an outline to [email protected] and we’ll help you to knock it into shape.

Further info
Our website www.bicon2009.org.uk is the most up to date source of information on BiCon, and we’ve already put up details of the venue, together with travel information.  Do keep an eye on the website over the coming weeks as full pricing and booking details will be posted here soon. In the meantime, if you have any queries please do get in touch with us.

Write to: BiCon 2009, BM BiCon, London WC1N 3XX
Email: [email protected]: www.bicon2009.org.ukBiCon helpline: 07909 921403

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