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INTERNATIONAL
​SPEECH

Since 2005

Festival

HARMONY TREE

Registration Now Opens for Asia Division

WELCOME TO
THE HTISF JOURNEY

Harmony Tree International Speech Festival (HTISF) is a Drama & Speech competition hosted by HT Canada. This annual event aims to provide a valuable out-of-classroom experience for students aged 4-18 across Asia through poetry, literature, public speaking and theatre.

HTISF is more than just a competition. It is an inspiring journey that students continue to grow and flourish. Its qualifications, recognized by top-class institutions worldwide, foster a global perspective for students and provide a significant platform for them to learn and shine.

Verse Speaking

Prose Reading

Public Speaking

Dramatic Duologue

Monologue

Festival Timeline

 Festival Stages & Timeline

Sep 30, 2024

Oct 31, 2024 by 23:59 (GMT+8)

​Feb 28, 2025

Late May / Early June, 2025

Summer 2025

Registration Deadline

Video Submission Deadline

1st Round Result Release

Asia Grand Final (Virtual, Zoom Live)

HT20 Celebration & Award Ceremony

Format & Fees

Categories

​Age Groups

Entry Fees 

Format

Verse Speaking

Prose Reading

Public Speaking

Monologue

Dramatic Duologue

Born in
2019-20 ; 2017-18
2015-16 ; 2013-14
​2011-12 ; 2009-10

Born in
2015-16 ; 2013-14
​2011-12 ; 2009-10
​2006-08

USD32

USD40

USD40

USD40

USD58/Pair

1st round by video submission

The overall top 50 of each category and age group will reach the Asia Grand Final virtually by Zoom Live

1st Round Syllabus

VERSE SPEAKING

Guidelines & Pieces

- Choose one from the two set pieces

- Piece must be performed from memory, without holding the script.

- The title and the author of the piece have to be announced.

- No hand props or costumes. 

- Shall perform while standing up with good posture.

PROSE READING

Guidelines & Pieces

- Only one set piece provided per age group.

- Piece shall be held in hand(s) and read from. No memorized presentation.

- The title and the author of the piece have to be announced.

- No hand props or costumes. 

- Shall perform while standing up with good posture.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Guidelines & Pieces

- Choose one from the two set topics.

- Must write and present an original script by the Contestant.

- The chosen topic has to be announced.

- Speech exceeding time limit will be cut short. Cue cards optional.

- Shall perform while standing up with good posture.

MONOLOGUE

Guidelines & Pieces

- Choose one from the two set pieces.

- Piece must be performed from memory, without holding the script.

- The title, author of the piece and character played have to be announced.

- Performance shall not exceed the time limit.

- Blocking shall be designed and developed.

- Simple set (ie 1 table, 2 chairs) allowed. Bulky items shall be avoided.

DRAMATIC DUOLOGUE

Guidelines & Pieces

- Choose one from the two set pieces.

- Both contestants must perform in the same space simultaneously.

- The piece can be chosen based on interest & ability, regardless of gender.

- Piece must be performed from memory, without holding the script.

- The title, author and each character played have to be announced.

- Performance shall not exceed the time limit.

- Blocking shall be designed and developed.

- Simple set (ie 1 table, 2 chairs) allowed. Bulky items shall be avoided.

Rules & FAQs

  • Who can sign up for HTISF?
    All students who are currently attending school (or home-schooled) in Asia are welcome to enter for the Harmony Tree International Speech Festival - Asia Division. There are various age groups for different categories. Students may enter for more than one category but they must only enter for the age group that matches with their year of birth.
  • How can I sign up for HTISF?
    Contestants can enter via the online system and complete payment directly on this website. Click the category intended, select the right age group and fill in the contestant info. You can add multiple categories and/or multiple contestants in the same cart and click check out to complete payment. Alternatively, contestants can download the paper form (in PDF). Fill it in and return the form by email. You will be sent a PayPal link to complete payment via credit / debit card. You do not need to set up a PayPal account for payment. Schools, Arts Organizations, Educational Centers or Teachers who intend to enter a group of students to HTISF are encouraged to sign up for an Educational Membership to centralize the registration process and enjoy further benefits. Only members are eligible for group entries. It’s the responsibility of the contestants to ensure that information given on the entry form is valid, complete and meet the requirements of respective categories. HTISF bears no responsibility for checking of the eligibility of the entry. Please also ensure the correct spelling of names (to be printed on Certificate) before entries submitted.
  • What are the entry fees and what do they include?
    Entry Fees are calculated in US dollars and shall be settled by credit / debit card via the PayPal platform. Verse Speaking - USD32/entry Prose Reading - USD40/entry Public Speaking - USD40/entry Monologue - USD40/entry Dramatic Duologue - USD58/entry (for one pair). The fees include an evaluation report and a globally-recognized* certificate issued by HTISF (for those who successfully complete the 1st round) and a pennant, if applicable (for Grand Final's top 5 winners only). The evaluation report contains comments, marks and qualification details. Dramatic Duologue is evaluated as a team, therefore contestants will only receive one evaluation report (two certificates and pennants, if applicable). There is no need to register or pay again in the case of reaching the Grand Final.
  • When is the deadline for registration?
    The registration deadline is Sep 30, 2024 (Mon). Under no circumstances will late entries be accepted. Entry will only be confirmed upon receipt of full payment. Entry fees are non-refundable and unchangeable. Contestants will receive their unique Contestant ID (one ID per entry) for video submission within four business days upon successful registration.
  • Dramatic Duologue Pairing
    For Dramatic Duologue, each performance must comprise of two contestants from the same age group. Substitution or swapping of contestants will not be accepted. A contestant shall be a part of only ONE duo. An individual who involves in more than one pairing is not permitted. The two contestants must perform in the same space simultaneously. (Filming videos separately and editing them together for one performance will not be accepted.) Violation of these rules will lead to disqualification for all concerned contestants. Contestants shall select the piece based on their interest and ability, regardless of gender restrictions. (e.g. a duo with two female contestants are welcome to perform a piece with two male characters, and vice versa.)
  • I noticed that there is a HTISF Taiwan Division, is it the same?
    There are two divisions of HTISF - Asia & Taiwan in the 2024-25 edition. The Taiwan division was created years ago to promote the usage of English language through performing arts, in support of the government's goal of becoming a fully-bilingual nation by 2030. The Taiwan division focuses more on building awareness and generating interest of English learning for students in a local level, with a face-to-face grand final to be held annually. It is an inclusive edition with pieces suitable for all-level learners while the materials for the Asia division are generally more challenging. The Taiwan division is only open for students currently study (or home schooled) in Taiwan. For information about the Taiwan division, please visit www.harmonytree.tw.
  • Are there set pieces or can I select my own choice?
    There are set pieces/topics provided for each category and age group. Please refer to the syllabus and pieces available for download on this website. Contestants must follow the set pieces designed for HTISF, with no edits or alterations made to the materials. Please ensure that contestants have entered for the correct age group/category, and downloaded the correct pieces. Performing the wrong piece from another category, age group or division will lead to disqualification. There will be new set pieces and materials designed for the Grand Final, to be released on Feb 28, 2025, the same day as the 1st round result announcement.
  • Consent & Acknowledgement
    Your entry acknowledges that you have read, agreed and understood the terms and conditions for HTISF. Harmony Tree has your consent to the use of information, materials, photographs and videos submitted for marketing and publicity arrangements. Submission of an entry implies consent from the contestants to abide by these Rules and Regulations and to strictly observe them. If any dispute arises, Harmony Tree International reserves the right to make all final decisions.
  • Who can I contact if I have any questions?
    Please feel free to email us at team@harmonytree.ca. Our Facebook Page (@HarmonyTreeIntl) is able to accept DMs.

HTISF Certificates

Harmony Tree Canada issues HTISF certificates based on the marks and levels achieved by contestants with grades including DistinctionMerit and Pass respectively. HTISF qualification is recognized by top institutions from the US, UK, Canada and Australia, with a number offered entrance or performing arts scholarships exclusively for HT.

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Group Entry

Group entry is open for valid Educational Members (schools, art organizations, educational centers, teachers etc). Members are eligible for benefits such as centralized registration process, group discounts, workshops, private award presentations, member's name to be printed on contestants' certificates and more. Educators across Asia are welcome to join the membership. 

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References

Professor Tiffany Lin
Dept of Children English Education, NTUE

De Facto Ambassador Jim Nickel
Director, Canadian Trade Office in Taipei

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