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Leeds Beckett University host BiCon conference

Besi Besemar August 11, 2017

Well Met Conferencing, the conference office at Leeds Beckett University host BiCon from August 10-13 at the historic James Graham and Caedmon venues in Headingley.

With around 400 people attending, 25% of who are attending for the first time, the event is set to be ‘the highlight of the bisexual year’”.

The weekend-long educational and social gathering for bi people, their friends, partners, and others with a supportive interest in bisexuality includes a number of events which combine the fun of a convention with the educational aspects of a conference.

You will find everything from light-hearted events which include a CaBiRet Lite and Sea Shanty Singalong to more formal seminar sessions such as Working class Bi’s and What makes us Bi.

As well as workshop sessions, BiCon also includes an onsite market, quiet spaces, safe spaces, a craft space and a games space.

Attendees are staying at the modern 3 star AA accredited Carnegie Village accommodation facilities throughout the event, with 270 rooms booked over the weekend. Located within the 100 acre parkland of Headingley campus, the en-suite accommodation was cited as a key driver in choosing an appropriate location for the 2017 BiCon event. With free high-speed Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchen facilities and excellent access for attendees with additional access needs.

Photo: Lauren Close
Photo: Lauren Close

Leeds Beckett University is recognised by Stonewall as one of the top British employers for its promotion of LGBT+ rights for both staff and students. The University’s LGBT group, the Rainbow Rose Forum, has worked closely with the organisers of BiCon to bring the event to the University for 2017.

Rachel Savage, Organiser at BiCon said: I am really excited that we have had the opportunity to use the very accessible campus in Headingley, the accommodation is great and meets all of our needs well, and the team at Well Met have been fantastic in helping us organise this event for the bisexual community.”

Clare Vidler, Conference Manager at Well Met, added: “We are very proud to host BiCon this year and are really looking forward to the wide range of events that they will be bringing to Leeds. Our Headingley facilities are fantastic for residential events such as this, with the convenience of our accommodation being on-site and the range of spaces available. As a University we’re constantly working to promote Leeds Beckett as an inclusive, safe and supportive environment, so it’s with great pleasure that we welcome BiCon attendees this year.”