The 25th Singapore Writers Festival Returns With Family-friendly Programmes

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Festivalgoers can expect to be treated to over 200 programmes, including all-time favourite SWF signature programme, SWF Playground for families. 

Photo Credits: Art House Limited

Venue: Various
Dates: 4 - 20 Nov 2022
Admission: Free and Ticketed 

Organised by Arts House Limited (AHL) and commissioned by the National Arts Council (NAC), the theme for the 25th Singapore Writers Festival (SWF) is anchored by a single word, IF (JIKA, 若, எனில்), inspired by Singaporean writer Cyril Wong’s poem, “If…Else”. Programmes include the all-time favourite SWF signature programmes like the Southeast Asian Focus, Youth Fringe, Country Focus, SWF Playground and Literary Pioneer series. 


Photo Credits: Art House Limited

The SWF is one of the few multilingual literary festivals in the world, the festival profiles home-grown writers and Singapore literature in the four official languages. This year, programmes have been co-curated with the Chinese, Malay and Tamil language and literary communities, working closely with key members of the communities.

The Family-Friendly SWF Playground

Meet astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith at Stay Up to See the Stars

The festival nurtures a new generations of literary arts lovers through a range of educational and family-friendly programmes under SWF Playground. Children can get to meet a real-life astrophysicist in Stay Up to See the Stars, a book talk by Lisa Harvey-Smith which is part of a series of programmes featuring women writers in STEM; embark on a tour of Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan's floating cardboard city, Head/Home, at the National Gallery Singapore Children's Biennale, with six different writers at How Far Away From Home?; and meet the creator of the popular Treehouse Series Andy Griffiths in Adventure Architects.

Youth Fringe For Teens

Those with older kids in their teens, they can look forward to the return of Youth Fringe with a series of programmes curated for youths by youths. Come explore a wide range of culturally trendy ideas that appeal to youths and the young at heart, including para-social relationships, games, celebrities, social media, friendship and more.

Inclusive Programmes

This year's edition features a number of inclusive programmes. These include Come for Dinner, Stay for Supper, a collection of two art projects co-created by Superhero Me and children from Kindle Garden, Singapore’s first inclusive preschool; and in a co-presentation with ART:DIS, a leading charity dedicated to creating learning and livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities in the arts, What If 'I' Is Not Me is a discussion and showcase that builds a platform to strengthen the network of inclusivity with diversity. 

Storytelling For Kids @ The Libraries

SWF’s festivities will also extend beyond Festival grounds and venues as SWF partners the National Library Board (NLB) to bring, 25 Programmes in 25 Libraries across the island. These storytelling sessions are suitable for families and presented in different languages. 


Over 200 programmes will be available. Some of these programmes are free to attend while others require a Festival Pass. The Festival Pass will give you access to all SWF programmes and VOD content, except individually ticketed programmes. 

  • Regular - $30 
  • Youth Pass - $15 

Enjoy Early Bird discount of 20% from 13 Sep to 14 Oct 2022. For more programme and ticketing details, visit Singapore Writers Festival


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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