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Spoken Word Festival 2018

Sponsored by Hong Kong Stories

A two-week celebration of spoken word performances in Hong Kong, presented and organised by

Hong Kong Stories.

Hong Kong Stories, a non-profit society dedicated to the art of storytelling, is hosting a two-week
spoken word festival in Hong Kong. The festival brings together various groups who will hold live
performances in venues all over the city almost every night from 18 May to 2 June, 2018.

The festival is a celebration of poetry, storytelling, comedy, writing, acting and entertaining,
performed by Hong Kong’s best spoken word artists. Rachel Smith, producer and organiser of Hong
Kong Stories says, “There are so many creative groups in Hong Kong and we rarely come together to
do something as a whole. This is a great opportunity to join forces and celebrate the talent Hong
Kong has to offer.”

The event line-up:
 18-20 May: Comedy Nights by HK Improv
 21 May, 8-10pm at Metta: Podcast Panel by Hong Kong Confidential
 22 May, 8-10pm at the Culture Club: Perspectives of Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Writers
 23 May, 8-10pm at the Social Room: Anyone But Your Own by Peel Street Poetry
 24 May, 8-10pm at the Fringe Club: Age of Reckoning by Hong Kong Stories
 25 May, 8-10pm at the Fringe Club: Top Notch 1 by Hong Kong Stories
 26 May, 8-10pm at the Fringe Club: Top Notch 2 by Hong Kong Stories
 28 May, 8-10pm at the Social Room: Patrons and Parasites by Liars’ League
 30 May – 2 June at the Fringe Club: 39 Steps by Aurora Theatre


Hong Kong Stories holds monthly themed events showcasing true stories performed before a live
audience. It is open for anyone to participate, and the group holds free weekly workshops on how to
craft a story into the most entertaining version possible. “It’s a great way to improve your writing
and public speaking skills, but it’s mainly just a whole lot of fun,” says Rachel. “As an audience
member, you get a 7-minute window into people’s lives and find yourself relating to people you’ve
never met.” To find out more, please visit Hong Kong Stories’ website or Facebook page.

About the participating groups:

HK Improv offers classes and workshops to learn the art of improvisation. Entry level participants are
welcome, and no experience is required. They also host regular performances and comedy nights in
Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Confidential is a podcast about the lives of people in Hong Kong. Hosted by Jules
Hannaford, the podcast offers a platform for people to share their wisdom, stories and experiences
with listeners.

The Hong Kong Writers Circle is a member organisation for writers of all levels and genres. Founded
in 1991, they provide members with opportunities to further their craft, network with industry
professionals, receive feedback and take part in workshops, socials and the annual anthology.
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 second and third Wednesday of every month at the Social
Room in Central.
Liar’s League Hong Kong is a quarterly fiction event, that has been running for six years. Pieces of
flash fiction (800 to 1200 words) are globally submitted, locally selected and assigned to actors for
an evening of performance and storytelling, currently held at the Social Room in Central.
Aurora Theatre is an independent theatre company that aims to promote English language shows in
the local Hong Kong art scene. Founded by theatre performer and producer Nicole Garbellini in
2010, the company brings international and original material to the stage.