Programme

Our workshop programme is different every year, and we always seek facilitators with their own ideas so we can make our programme as diverse as our communities. Usually BiTastic takes place on one day, with several sessions running at the same time, but this year we are taking advantage of the online format and running sessions over three days, with a Bi Visibility Day celebration on Thursday evening, followed by a full programme on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Alongside our Zoom based groups we’ll also have video content and online chat space throughout the event.

Zoom sessions: All sessions will have AI subtitles enabled. Live captioning will be provided for selected sessions. (See programme: Live )

Discord: Chat space available throughout the event.

The programme is subject to change. We’ll keep attendees updated on any changes.

All times are BST (UTC+1).

Thursday

Time Discord/Gather
7 - 9 pm
Welcome event

Friday

Time Zoom 1 Zoom 2
10 - 11 am
Emma Roddick MSP
Details TBA
Speed friending
11.20 am - 12.20 pm
Autism 101
Transition, sexuality and labels
2 - 3 pm
Sexual health services workshop
Bi funding research results
3.20 - 4.20 pm
Ace space
Safer dating in (post?)-Covid times
7 - 9 pm
Virtual escape room

Saturday

Time Zoom 1 Zoom 2
10 - 11 am
Trans space
11.20 am - 12.20 pm
Unstick your creativity
2 - 3 pm
Disability safe space
Storytelling
(Live )
3.20 - 4.20 pm
Non-binary space
Bi+ representation in the media
7 - 7.30 pm
Magic performance
(Live )

Sunday

Time Zoom 1 Zoom 2
2 - 3 pm
Health and wellbeing workshop
3.20 - 4.20 pm
Neurodiverse space
7 - 9 pm
Sunday social
At end
Thank you / closing event / group photo / awards

Workshop Information

Thursday

7 - 9 pm

Welcome event

Details TBA

Friday

10 - 11 am

Zoom 1:
Emma Roddick MSP

Details TBA

Zoom 2:
Speed friending

Details TBA

11.20 am - 12.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Autism 101

Nina Mega

Details TBA

Zoom 2:
Transition, sexuality and labels

James Verardi (he/him) – Scottish Trans / Equality Network

Does being trans affect how we see our sexuality? Can our sexuality help us discover things about our gender identity? And where do labels fit in all this? This is a space for people to explore, discuss and share stories about self-discoveries of gender and sexuality.

2 - 3 pm

Zoom 1:
Sexual health services workshop

SX / Waverley Care

Interested in having your say on the future of sexual health services in Scotland? We are keen to hear how we can improve sexual health services for the Bi communities in Scotland. In this workshop, we will gather your feedback via an anonymous online platform.

Zoom 2:
Bi funding research results

Jennifer Moore and John G

Earlier in 2021, three of us got the job of researching the funding of UK bi organisations, commissioned by national LGBT+ charity Consortium.
After 2 surveys, 6 interviews, 3 discussion events and lots of writing, our findings and recommendations are now out in the world:
https://www.consortium.lgbt/bi-funding-research-2021/

In this session, we’re happy to answer questions about any of

  • the research process
  • what we found out
  • what might happen next!

3.20 - 4.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Ace space

Rowan Alison (they/them) – Equality Network

This will be a safe space to discuss being on the asexual spectrum and is open to anyone who is less sexual including asexual, grey ace, or anywhere on the asexual spectrum. There will be a short intro to the Ace spectrum and some of the definitions followed by a discussion of our own experiences in the sometimes over sexualised world of being bi.

Zoom 2:
Safer dating in (post?)-Covid times

James Verardi (he/him) and Oceana Maund (they/them) – Scottish Trans / Equality Network

With lockdowns easing after a long period of isolation, many of us are keen to find new partners and rebuild our social lives. This session will look into safety tips tailored for post-Covid enthusiasm, as well as other general safety advice for dating as bisexual people. Group participation is encouraged. The focus will be on bisexual experiences, but you don’t need to be bi to attend or participate.

7 - 9 pm

Zoom 2:
Virtual escape room

Scottish Bi+ Network

Details TBA

Saturday

10 - 11 am

Zoom 1:
Trans space

James Verardi (he/him) – Scottish Trans / Equality Network

A space for people who identify as trans to come together, share experiences, support one another and have the opportunity to learn more about themselves. All trans people are welcome.

11.20 am - 12.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Unstick your creativity

Jennifer Moore

No shame if you haven’t touched your knitting/crafting/music/writing recently, or if you don’t even know what creative thing you might want to do! All kinds of wishes & plans welcome, including DIY and social or business ideas as well as the arts. We’ll talk about ways to encourage yourself, ways to get unstuck, and solving practical obstacles. Blow the dust off an old wish, boost the start of something new, or just enjoy sharing thoughts. Mostly talking, but feel free to bring actual crafty items to do as we talk! Pencil and paper might be useful.

2 - 3 pm

Zoom 1:
Disability safe space

Mel Maguire (she/her) – Equality Network

Details TBA

Zoom 2:
Storytelling

Live available!

Kirsten Milliken (she/her)

Kirsten is a bold and enchanting storyteller. Her repertoire includes myths, legends, sagas, folk and fairy tales. From vast, epics telling of the wars of gods and of men, to smaller, more intimate tales exploring individual relationships and difficult choices. Kirsten considers herself a tradition bearer, sharing the tales of our ancestors, exploring what they show of the human psyche and sharing wisdom that was as relevant in our ancient past as it is today.

3.20 - 4.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Non-binary space

Rowan Alison (they/them) – Equality Network

A safe space for people who identify as non-binary to come together, share experiences, support one another and have the opportunity to learn more about themselves. All non-binary people are welcome, including those who are genderqueer, gender non-conforming and questioning a non-binary identity.

Zoom 2:
Bi+ representation in the media

Robin (he/him) – Scottish Bi+ Network

Details TBA

7 - 7.30 pm

Zoom 1:
Magic performance

Live available!

Marcus Morgan

Marcus Morgan is the UK’s only bisexual activist magician, possibly the only one in the world. A familiar furry face in the bisexual community, Marcus’s award winning magic combines queer humour with peerless insight. Tonight’s performance includes a new interactive Zoom piece written especially for BiTastic and never seen before!

Sunday

2 - 3 pm

Zoom 2:
Health and wellbeing workshop

SX / Waverley Care

The aim of the workshop is to provide a space to share and consider ways that we can improve our health and wellbeing. By providing information and advice we intend for attendees to leave with new tools that someone could incorporate into their day-to-day life.

3.20 - 4.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Neurodiverse space

Robin (he/him) – Scottish Bi+ Network

A space for all neurodiverse* people to talk about their experiences in a safe space.

*Neurodiverse includes autism, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s, and many other conditions, and this session welcomes those who are self-diagnosed.

7 - 9 pm

Zoom 2:
Sunday social

Scottish Bi+ Network

Details TBA

At end

Zoom 1:
Thank you / closing event / group photo / awards

Details TBA