MTN BUSHFIRE- Swaziland's International Festival of the Arts
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|Country and Region||Swaziland — Hhohho|
|Type of Festival||Dance, Drama, Literary, Music|
|Location of Festival||Malkerns, Hhohho, Swaziland|
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Backlit by fiery mountain sunsets across acres of pristine farmland, MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed three day music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy, and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.
Each year a multi-generational global community of up to 20,000 “bring their fire” to the scenic Malkerns Valley to experience an eclectic Pan-African and international line-up of live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts. A vibrant handcraft market, family-friendly performances & KidZone as well as the recently introduced interactive art and dialogue space, The Barn, combine to create a magically eclectic 3 day entertainment experience.
Founded in 2006, MTN BUSHFIRE has garnered a well-deserved reputation for its visionary approach, integrity and “Call to Action” mandate which defines its commitment to nurturing the Swazi arts and cultural scene whilst raising awareness and funds to tackle the nation’s most pressing social needs. In response to increasing orphan numbers, currently estimated to be 12% of the population (120,000 children), MTN BUSHFIRE donates 100% of its profits to Aids orphans through Swazi NGO Young Heroes (www.youngheroes.org.sz) and 100% of merchandise profits to Gone Rural BoMake (www.goneruralbomake.org), a non-profit organization that aids rural Swazi women and their communities with information & infrastructure development addressing health, education and social concerns.
|Festival Dates||May 30 - June 1, 2014|
Backlit by fiery mountain sunsets across acres of pristine farmland, Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed three day MTN BUSHFIRE music & arts festival celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy, and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.
MTN BUSHFIRE calls on the community to “Bring their Fire” to the Festival and into their daily lives, igniting a collective response for positive change. ‘Bring your fire’ celebrates the human spirit, the light in all of us, to become more conscious and active participants in creating awareness for a better world. Donating 100% of its profits to orphans through the Swazi NGO Young Heroes (www.youngheroes.org.sz), and 100% of merchandise proceeds to the non-profit rural community development project Gone Rural BoMake (www.goneruralbomake.org), MTN BUSHFIRE serves, in the words of one journalist, “as a living, breathing, creative ecosystem.”
The Festival has a number of independent interactive spaces where people can explore and engage their creativity: The Ekhaya Stage, meaning “at home” in siSwati, takes on the “100% Seriously Swazi” mantra, dedicating itself to exposing the distinctive character of Swazi talent to a large audience while exposing them to an international standard of performance delivery. The Barn provides an interactive art and dialogue space devoted to the power of art, not just to entertain, but to provoke, enlighten, and activate free exchange of ideas through performance art, exhibitions, speakers, and round table discussions.
- Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla (Niger) and Guy Buttery (South Africa)
- Alhousseini Mohamed Anivolla
- Guy Buttery
- Big Fkn Gun (South Africa)
- Black Motion (South Africa)
- Bomba Estereo (Colombia)
- DJ Mighty (South Africa)
- Catch the Rain (South Africa)
- Erik Aliana & Koronga Jam (Cameroon)
- Euphonik (South Africa)
- Gcina Mhlophe (South Africa)
- Jazz P & The Next Generation Band (Mozambique / Swaziland)
- Jeremy Loops (South Africa)
- Joy Frempong – Oy (Ghana / Switzerland)
- Masikane (Swaziland)
- Mix n Blend (South Africa)
- Nakhane Toure (South Africa)
- Nathalie Natiembé (Reunion Islands)
- Pedro The Music Man (South Africa)
- Rooted Soulz Poetry (Swaziland)
- Shangaan Electro (South Africa)
- The Brother Moves On (South Africa)
- The Soil (South Africa)
- Tonik (South Africa)
- Toya Delazy (South Africa)
- Toti (Swaziland)
- The MTN BUSHFIRE Handcraft Market
- The market features unique, high quality handcrafted products from members and artisans of Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT), a member based NGO providing training, market access and advocacy to support Fair Trade businesses and producers within Swaziland.
- Skill Sharing — MTN BUSHFIRE also “brings its fire” to enable skill-sharing and the growth of the arts industry within Swaziland and the region throughout the year:
- The MTN BUSHFIRE Schools Festival — The program counters the lack of a formal arts and culture curriculum in public schools by presenting activities, workshops, educational seminars and interactive competitions for participants from high schools throughout Swaziland and provides teachers and students with tools to bring continuity and sustainability to the matter in their schools.
- The Arts Round Table — The Round Table facilitates workshops for emerging artists and managers to increase knowledge and skills, enabling individuals and organisations to succeed as professionals in the entertainment field.
- Firefest Route — Pioneered by MTN BUSHFIRE, the Firefest Route is an African music festival network that seeks to encourage and promote regional cultural exchange, collaboration and knowledge sharing among member festivals, while creating new tourism, media, and branding opportunities. Supported by the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (DCCD), the Firefest Route includes the Harare International Festival of Arts, (HIFA) Zimbabwe, AZGO, Mozambique, BLACKMAJOR, South Africa, MTN BUSHFIRE, Swaziland, and SAKIFO MUSIK, Reunion Island. It is this distinctive fusion of inspired multi-dimensional creativity, demographically diverse audience, socially-accountable philosophy, and magical setting that draws up to 20,000 to experience Bushfire’s harmonious energy that sets it apart from all other festivals.
- MTN Bushfire - Schools Festival 2013
- MTN Bushfire Festival 2013 (Official)
- Bushfire Festival 2012
- Bushfire Schools Festival video for 2012
- Bushfire Festival 2011
- Pioneered by MTN BUSHFIRE, Swaziland’s International Festival of the Arts, the Firefest Route is a Southern Africa Festival Tour circuit, believed to be the first festival tour circuit in Africa, that seeks to encourage and promote regional and international cultural exchange, collaboration and knowledge sharing among member festivals. The Firefest Route includes Harare International Festival of Arts, (HIFA) Zimbabwe, AZGO, Mozambique, BLACKMAJOR, South Africa, MTN BUSHFIRE, Swaziland, and SAKIFO MUSIK, La Reunion. For additional information visit http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/8978.html
- For information about the tour locations:
- House on Fire Amphitheatre
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