People who go to BiCon create the programme by offering sessions and entertainment. There are usually 70 or more sessions and entertainments across the weekend, so there’s always a lot to choose from.
The full programme
Here are a few examples of what's on the programme this year.
The only bi in the village?
What is it like to be bisexual and living in a small town, village or even more remote areas?
Flirting with women for women
Do you have trouble knowing when you’re being flirted with? Or trouble expressing interest? Do you have tips to share? Come along and let’s discuss it.
Nonbinary gender identity and expression
What gender outside of the binary looks like and the practical aspects of living as nonbinary.
Messing about in boats!
What better way to spend some time than simply messing around in boats! Come and live out your inner 'Ratty and Mole' for a general mess about.
Campaigning together against biphobia
Get an update on Stonewall’s consultation with bi people and share your thoughts about future campaigns to tackle biphobia.
Live action speed dating
Want to meet new people but find speed dating too nerve-racking? Let’s make it a game…
Transgender, transitioned, non-binary and agender space
A relaxed space for transgender, transitioned, non-binary and agender people to talk about whatever we want.
BiCon's clothes-optional picnic; a social get-together, with nudity! Informal, friendly, calm with lots of chill-out space. You don't have to be naked; dress or undress however you are comfortable.
The art of looking sideways
Using word cut-ups, blackout poetry and collage as ‘found art’, this is a fabulous introduction to expressive art.
Reducing racism at BiCon and LGBTQ+ spaces
Bi and other majority-white LGBTQ+ spaces are often unsafe, unwelcoming and unfriendly to black and minority ethnic (BME) people, even though this is rarely anyone's intention. We'll identify and discuss some issues which are part of the problem and and ways each of us can help.
Neurodiverse safe chill space
A short escape for those adults who are either diagnosed with or self identify as neurodiverse. for example ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, living on the autism spectrum, tourettes and more.
Bring a mug and come along and try different kinds of tea.
For people who are or are interested in solo polyamory. Discussing different ways we can have healthy relationships off the relationship escalator.
Bellydancing for beginners
A relaxed, fun and very interactive session open to all. Join in as much as you feel comfortable or able to do so, with no spectators please. It will cover the very basics of bellydance and give you some moves you can take away and practise at home.
We’re not getting any younger
A session to think about how things are for us as we age. What do we want as ageing bisexuals? What services would we wish to see? How can we help LGBT+ and other organisations to remember we exist?
Fat femme clothes swap
Open to anyone who self-identifies as a fat, curvy or plus-sized woman or trans feminine person. Please bring any unwanted or pre-loved clothes to swap. Clothes remaining after the swap will be donated to a women's shelter.
History of Bisexuals of Colour
Find out what Bis of Colour have been up to since its creation at BiCon 2010. Hear a report on the group's progress, the survey, the ongoing history project and our future plans. This session is open to everyone, regardless of ethnicity.
Feminism 101 for men
A space to learn the basics of being a better feminist ally and get those early simple mistakes out of the way safely.
LGBT+ sexuality in science fiction.
Bisexual experience of mental health and emotional distress support
What should counsellors and therapists know about bisexuals before working with us?
Sign language social
An informal social for people with sign language skills to chat in sign, meet other signers and learn from one another.
Create, adapt, retell and perform short fairytales.
A safe discussion space for asexuals.
Being a better ally
Discuss the best ways to be a bisexual ally and the behaviours to avoid.
Love bisexuals, hate hate crime
All about a large campaign to tackle hate crime against LGBT+ people, funded by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.
Bis of Colour
We all know what is like to be ‘othered’ by our sexuality and this space is for those who are ‘othered’ by virtue of their ethnicity. A safe-space session for all those who identify as being Black, politically Black or from a minority ethnic group.
An interactive session covering some of the basics of self defence, including discussion, awareness and safety tips, demonstrations and opportunities to try out some moves.
Bi carers meetup
Open to any BiCon attendees who provide or receive care, including carers of all kinds – full-time, live-in carers, part-time carers or those caring from a distance, and people with all kinds of care needs, this session aims to provide a space to talk, listen and support each other.
Celebration of achievement of bi visibility by trade unions
A historical look at how bi visibility has been incorporated into the LGBT+ movement in trade unions.
How to start your own bi group
Want to try running your own group but not sure where to start? This workshop will take you through almost everything you need to know.
Complicated? Bi people and UK services
Presentation of and discussion about the final results of “Complicated?” – a survey of bi people and UK services.
Purple Prose: a British bisexual guide
Come and hear how the book about bisexuality in the UK is coming along, give us your thoughts or contribute to the project.
The asexual spectrum
An overview of asexuality, what asexual relationships look like and the wider spectrum of grey-asexual experiences – including romantic orientation, demisexuality, aromantics, grey-sexuals, biromantics and bisensuals – then a moderated discussion on nonsexual intimacy and the intersections of the asexual spectrum with the bi and poly communities.
Polyamory as a parent
If you are already a parent or thinking of becoming a parent and want to have a polyamorous lifestyle this session will give you some insight into the issues you will face and the choices you may want to consider making in trying to balance the needs of the people you love.
Drawing: disrupting pattern
Discuss the significance of patterns and why people may want to disrupt them, then use simple everyday wallpaper patterns to explore ways of mark making and disruption of marks, creating a large scroll by all participants. At the end there'll be a chance to discuss the meaning of what has been made in relation to everyday experience of bisexuality.
People who lift meet-up
Meet-up and trip to the campus gym to lift weights together – informal technique-sharing and encouragement.
Board games: more than Monopoly
Learn to play some amazing board games you've probably never played before.
Steven Universe sing-along
Join other Crystal Gems and sing along to the songs from Steven Universe.
Introduction to diversity
To make bi spaces more inclusive, we need to be more skilled in dealing with equality issues. We will explore top tips for equality and include time for anonymous questions.
Language(s) of bisexuality
Look at both the positive and negative ways bisexuality is talked about in English and as many other languages the participants know, with the aim of empowering our bi positive language use.
BDSM for beginners
An introduction to BDSM for anyone with little or no experience. Covering language and activates, consent and safety, some hints and tips, and answering questions.
Safer sex – and how to negotiate it with partners
Presented by a registered nurse and author – a session on what safer sex is and isn’t. It will also be an opportunity for people to share their experiences of negotiating safer sex and will provide practical tools for how to negotiate this better in future.
What did Jesus really say about sexuality (and other things)?
Think that Jesus preached family values? Or that he never mentioned sex? Think again. This session will draw on recent research as well as giving you an opportunity to explore your own reactions to some of Jesus' teachings about sex, sexuality and relationships.
Setting and maintaining boundaries
Boundaries are an important part of how we interact with others – but what are they, as differentiated from etiquette and social contracts? Practice some interactions around boundaries, using hypothetical examples.
Introduction to polyamory
An introduction to polyamory for everyone just starting out on the road to ethical non-monogamy, covering common problems you might encounter, ways to start, what style might make you happiest, strange new words and how not to mess up.
Shaping Biscuit Magazine
Biscuit is a new(-ish) volunteer-run online magazine for bi* women. The aim of this session is to find out what kind of content you’d like to see on Biscuit, and to add to our pool of staff and writers.
Dementia Friends information session
Learn a bit about dementia and how you can have a positive impact on people living with dementia.
Society has many expectations of parents, often including being straight, monogamous, cisgendered, in a nuclear family… this is a discussion and get-together for anyone who currently parents, has parented, or is planning to parent, who in some way doesn't fit into those categories.
Feminism in the 21st century
Exploring what feminism means to us today, what is has to offer, and how we relate to it in the twenty-first century. A relaxed and fun approach to exploring feminist politics.
Feminism 101 for “men”
We will briefly cover privilege and where feminism arises in everyday life, which may not be immediately obvious to someone who is not disadvantaged by the patriarchy daily.
Survivors of abuse
BiCon can be an emotional and triggering time for people who have survived abuse. This confidential session is a chance to find out what safety-nets are on offer at BiCon, and a chance for people to make connections with others who may need a friendly face during the event.
Fitting and misfitting
Ever felt like you're "not a proper bisexual", or "not bi enough"? Ever questioned where you fit in the community, including for instance if you are not bi, or as someone wondering whether they might be bi? These and other interesting questions will be explored in this session.
A space for talking about the cultural rules about what is an ‘acceptable’ fat person, borrowing Gayle Rubin’s idea of a Charmed Circle.
Using personal stories to teach about bisexuality
Ideas for crafting and sharing stories from our personal experiences to embolden us and others to share about bisexuality, and hopefully improve society’s understanding, acceptance and support/celebration.
Do you think different? Is your profile a little spiky? Do you take flirt blindness to dizzying new levels? Discuss the experiences of the developmentally neuro-divergent, such as AD(H)D, autistic spectrum conditions, executive dysfunction, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, NLD and sensory processing disorder.
Queer Herstory: Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera
Two amazing trans women of colour, how they started the Stonewall Riots and fought for queer rights and liberation.
Do I have to go to sessions? Can I just hang out?
It's entirely up to you how you spend your BiCon. Most people go to something in at least some of the session slots, but you can just hang out in the cafe, bar or any other social space if you prefer.