• 2019 Festival Dates

    All the shows at the festival this year will be held at the Jockey Club Studio Theatre, formerly the Fringe Upstairs in Central!

    25 May - HK Improv - Improv at the Fringe

    25 May - Storytelling Workshop - What's Your Story?

    27 May - HK Podfest - Live Podcast Show - Conversations

    28 May - Comedy HK - Relatable Jokes, Fringe Club

    29 May - Peel Street Poetry & Spill Stories - Spring Cleaning

    30 May - Liars’ League HK - Best and Brightest

    31 May - Hong Kong Stories - Top Notch 1

    1 June - Hong Kong Stories - Top Notch 2

    1 June - Storytelling Workshop - What's Your Story?

  • About us

    Engaging and Celebrating the Spoken Word Community in HK

    About the festival

    The Hong Kong Spoken Word Festival was founded in 2018 and is an annual event designed to celebrate and promote community based groups that feature an element of spoken word.


    We aim to foster an appreciation for a variety of artistic practices and performers, celebrating diverse and creative communities in this fast-paced city.


    Organisations who joined the Spoken Word Festival in 2018 include: Hong Kong Stories, Aurora Theatre, Hong Kong Writers Circle, Hong Komedy Guerrilla, HK Improv, HK Comedy, HK Confidential, #Impact, Better in Bed, Women in Publishing, Liars' League, Peel Street Poetry


    HKSWF is a non profit, performance-based arts organisation.


    Ticketing available here.

  • 2019 Lineup

    All shows in 2019 will take place at the HK Fringe Upstairs. Tickets available after April 26

    Improv at the Fringe

    Saturday, 25 May

    Come join us on May 25 for a special show at the Fringe Club! At our improv shows, you will see live theatre performed without a script. Every show is unique because the story develops spontaneously on stage and is inspired by suggestions from the audience - you! Expect comedy, drama, music and twists!


    Hong Kong Improv (HKI) was founded in 2016 to grow the art of improvised comedy in Hong Kong. HKI presents regular improv comedy shows across the city, hosts classes for beginners and beyond, develops teams, and organises workshops with experienced local and overseas teachers. Their shows feature different local troupes, with special Jamboree shows that showcase international teams.


    Tickets $180

    Hong Kong Podcast Festival (HK Podfest)

    Monday, 27 May

    Love podcasts? Love this city? Come hear local podcasters and influencers talk to fascinating people on interesting topics!


    Hong Kong's inaugural Podcast Festival (HKPodfest) showcases local podcast hosts live on stage, interviewing intriguing guests on a variety of compelling topics. There is something for everyone to enjoy.

    Podcasts included are:

    Better in Bed,

    Sassy Speaks,


    Talking Mental,

    Hong Kong Confidential


    Tickets $120 SOLD OUT

    Relatable Jokes, Fringe Club

    Tuesday, 28 May

    Comedy HK will bring to hilarity to the stage in this one-off gathering of Hong Kong-based talent.

    The Hong Kong scene has produced comedians who have performed and headlined all over the world, represented Hong Kong in festivals and appeared on TV to deliver laughs everywhere. The first full-time comedy club in Asia was opened in Hong Kong. The city boasts standup, improv and variety shows - bringing joy to this city almost daily. Hong Kong is funny, period.


    Comedy HK is a comedy collective that boasts regular stand-up, improv and variety shows in Hong Kong. It’s open to anyone who wants to find open mic opportunities, to source the best comedy talent in Hong Kong or to just have a good laugh.


    Tickets $150

    Spring Cleaning

    Wednesday 29 May

    Some of us know how to declutter, some of us need to clean up our acts. Join us for a tag-team performance of poetry and stories about all things clean and unclean. Come see who has skeletons to clean out of the closet and who is brave enough to air their dirty laundry.


    Peel Street Poetry is a regular English language open mic night that has been running for over 12 years. It currently takes places on the 2nd and 3rd Wednesday of every month in Central.


    Spill_Stories is an Instagram community that elevates women’s voices and perspectives through the sharing of personal stories. Each month features a different theme, and anyone who feels compelled is encouraged to share a story that relates to the theme. While @spill_stories is a gender-neutral platform, the stories seek to engage young women of colour and encourage dialogue on topics such as culture shock, feminism, and personal growth.


    Tickets $120 SOLD OUT

    Best & Brightest

    Thursday 30 May

    Liars' League Hong Kong will be presenting stories on the theme of "Best & Brightest" featuring fresh new stories submitted by local students that will be performed alongside some of the best pieces from our Hong Kong performances over the last couple of years.


    Liars' League Hong Kong is a quarterly fiction event that has been running for six years. Pieces of flash fiction (800 - 1200 words) are globally submitted, locally selected and assigned to actors for an evening of performance and storytelling in Central.


    Tickets $120

    Top Notch 1

    Top Notch 2

    Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June

    Our Top Notch Shows bring back the best and most beloved stories from our sold out shows in the past 12 months. Come listen to the live performance and experience your favourite stories firsthand!


    Hong Kong Stories is a not for profit group dedicated to the art of live storytelling in Hong Kong. They hold monthly shows presenting true, short stories performed before a live audience. The stories are recorded and made available on their podcast. The group also hosts free weekly storytelling workshops open to anyone.


    Tickets $150 - SOLD OUT (both shows)


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  • Workshop - What's Your Story?

    Ever wish you could make an impression at a dinner party? In a meeting? On a stage?


    Personal stories are how we connect -- so come learn how to tell yours, from experienced Hong Kong Stories performers and hosts Jannita Smith and Tracy Kahn.


    We'll pull the elements of a story apart, then practice putting them back together. All levels welcome!


    Ticketing available soon

    25 May 2019, 2 - 4 PM, 150$

    Workshop run by Hong Kong Stories Hosts and Storytellers, all materials provided.

    1 June 2019, 2 - 4 PM, 150$

    Workshop run by Tracy Kahn and Jannita Smith, all materials provided.

  • Contact Us

    Any questions? Ask away!

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  • Get Involved

    Corporates, Schools, individuals - find out how you can get involved today!

    School Competition

    Represent your school and gain experience for your future CV.

    Select a representative from your school to perform in our school storytelling or poetry competition in 2019! Details coming soon.


    Calling HK secondary school students to submit prose for the Liar's League performance! As part of the Hong Kong Spoken Word Festival, Liars' League HK will be running an event under the working title "Best & Brightest", for which we would really love to add stories from Hong Kong's brightest up and coming student writers. If you are unfamiliar with Liars' League, we have multiple groups globally (London, New York, Portland and Hong Kong) that run regular storytelling events where flash fiction stories between 800 and 1200 words are selected and then performed by actors and storytellers. We'd love students to submit stories on the theme of "Best & Brightest" that will be performed alongside some of the best pieces from our Hong Kong performances over the last couple of years. Email your interest to hkspokenwordfest@gmail.com

    Corporate Sponsorship

    Support your community.

    Contact us to discover the benefits of sponsoring the festival! Connect with your local community and take advantage of the resources available to improve and connect with your team.

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