Swaziland’s highly acclaimed three-day music and arts festival returns for another year of true ‘art with heart’ celebrations. Promoting creative expression whilst also promoting social responsibility, MTN BUSHFIRE is the only festival that donates 100% of its profits to charity.
Each year a global community of up to 20 000 people from across the world ‘bring their fire’ to the scenic Malkers Valley to experience an eclectic Pan-African and international line up of live music, theatre, poetry, film, dance, workshops and visual arts. Previous years have seen some of the continent’s biggest stars light up the valley, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Johnny Clegg, Habib Koite, Ayo, The Parlotones, Freshly Ground, Oliver Mtukudzi, Busi Mhlongo, Goldfish, Micasa alongside a host of international world music, jazz and pop acts. This year’s line up, to be announced soon, will once again reflect the best talent the continent has to offer.
More than simply a music festival, MTN BUSHFIRE is a true gathering of arts and culture for the whole family. In addition to the amazing live-music line up, there is a range of other entertainment and educational activities. These include the BUSHFIRE Schools Festival, which sees dozens of local school children participating, the Family and Kidzone that includes workshops, theatre, story-telling, fairground rides, farm animals and much more.
In addition, one of the festivals most popular features is The Barn, an interactive art and dialogue space devoted to free exhange of ideas, performace art, exhibitions and speakers and many interactive opportunities for any one engaged with or passionate about the arts.
MTN BUSHFIRE is about igniting a collective response for positive change – a philosophy that drives every aspect of the festival – setting it apart from all other festivals. The ‘BRING YOUR FIRE’ philosophy is a conscious attempt to engage artists and audiences alike to bring their voice, to bring their contribution in whichever way they can. In doing this, MTN BUSHFIRE celebrates the human spirit, the light in all of us, to become more conscious and active participants in creating positive change for a better world.
ABOUT MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL
Formed in 2006, MTN BUSHFIRE has a well-deserved reputation for its visionary approach. The festival aims to develop the arts whilst promoting social responsibility. Through its thoroughly innovative and development focused approach, the festival gives back to the people of Swaziland with 100% of profits donated to two Swazi charities; Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme assisting Swazi orphans, and Gone Rural boMake, a charity that assists rural Swazi women and the communities with information and infrastructure development, addressing health, education and social concerns.
In the words of one journalist, MTN BUSHFIRE is a “living, breathing, creative ecosystem.” It is this distinctive fusion of inspired multi-dimensional creativity, demographically diverse audience, socially accountable philosophy and magical setting that creates and sustains the festivals harmonious energy, and sets it apart from all other festivals.
The festival will be held from Friday, May 31st to Sunday June the 2nd 2013 and early bird ticket sales open mid- December 2012.
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