MTN Bushfire is turning ten and we are celebrating with an amazing line-up of regional and international artists, along with the multitude of arts and cultural activities that make up the annual MTN Bushfire experience.
MTN Bushfire 2016, May 27th- 29th, is the culmination of ten incredible years of passion, dedication and commitment to the music, arts, and culture of Southern Africa and beyond.
Festival Founder and Director Jiggs Thorne has this to say on the 10th anniversary edition of MTN Bushfire, “Bushfire has illuminated and inspired over the last ten years and in the process has become a celebrated African festival.
This year’s stellar line-up includes Ghana’s sizzling-hot artist Blitz the Ambassador, Mali’s Songhoy Blues, South African super-groups Mafikizolo and Beatenburg as well as multi-award winning rapper AKA, Zimbabwe’s legendary Oliver Mtukudzi, and Swaziland’s own Bholoja.
In addition to welcoming these and a host of other acts from over 17 countries, MTN Bushfire is also excited to welcome thousands of music fans from around the world to enjoy the full offering of arts and cultural activities that make up what CNN named as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, and most recently the festival named as BBC’s Top African Festival.
Whilst MTN Bushfire is well-known for its diverse and exciting musical line-up, the festival has also always been acknowledged as a holistic experience that includes the arts, food, culture and family-centric activities.
From the KIDZONE, an adventurous space for young fire starters to ignite their budding flames with a family friendly program, and The MTN Bushfire Handcraft & Design Marketplace, an experiential space where creative curiosity is inspired and revived, to the MTN Bushfire Global Food Village that presents a tantalizing diversity of tastes, MTN Bushfire is a cultural immersion like no other.
MTN Bushfire also offers an array of camping opportunities including the luxury camping option; Glamping is the ultimate travel experience that pairs outdoor adventure with modern creature comforts. VIP Camping is in the official MTN Bushfire 2016 VIP campsite operated by The Bandwagon.
All tickets and camping for MTN Bushfire 2016 are available online only – with no physical ticket outlets open this year. With MTN Bushfire 2015 tickets selling out completely before the festival gates even opened, fans are encouraged to book early on HERE! .
BRING YOUR FIRE
MTN Bushfire is also proud to celebrate 10 years of #BRINGYOURFIRE – the inspired call to action that encourages proactive and individual contributions to social change.
Your Fire is your ENERGY, your DRIVE, your OPINIONS and your PASSIONS.
This personal and collective commitment to social change has been supported by MTN Bushfire through a number of incredible initiatives over the years, partnering with two prolific Swazi organisations, and in turn resulting in over a million Emalangeni donated to these two beneficiaries growing local business and empowering community social development.
MTN Bushfire is a celebration of the human spirit and the joy of creative expression that seeks to encourage everyone to contribute and engage.
The creative programming of workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers enable a platform for conversation and debate to better understand the issues surrounding us from community level challenges to global concerns.
Swaziland’s MTN BUSHFIRE festival was founded ten years ago in a spirit of cultural exploration. Through our ideals and our actions we continue to explore and redefine the typical festival formula.
In doing this we ask questions of ourselves, of artists, and of our audiences: How best do we shape the Festival we have created, and what do we want to say? What role should the arts play in our society? How do we become Practical Dreamers? Exploring these questions defines our festival and is the real spirit that people take.