Bushfire Festival, Swaziland

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The Bush Fire Festival is a three – Day annual African – inspired music line but is all encompassing with its inclusion of several musical genres.

Apart from music, the festival includes a compelling, multi – dimensional program of theatre, poetry, dance, arts exhibitions and installations, story – telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops.

The highlight of the event is the “Barn”, which acts as a platform to exchange ideas on interactive art, innovation and creativity.

The aim of the Barn is to inspire young minds to become active doers, artists and visionaries.

The Ekhaya Stage introduces outsiders to the rich Swazi heritage through a showcasing of cultural performances, arts and cuisine.

The festival venue is in an innovative creative space known as “House On Fire” situated on the scenic farmlands in Malkern’s valley, a short drive from Swazilands’s capital, Mbabane.

Being the smallest country in the Southern atmosphere and the last remaining absolute monarchy in Africa, Swaziland is a unique venue for a festival of this sort.

The venue grounds comprise an art gallery, an amphitheatre and a large out – door stage; each aspect of the venue is given a mesmerizing quality by the fairy tale – like stone building structure and rolling valley scenery which encompasses the site.

Annually, it attracts up to 20,000 people of varying demographics from all over Africa and the world. These festival- goers are encouraged to “Bring Their Fire”, and make the most out of this eagerly awaited event.

It is currently known as MTN Bushfire Festival as the telecommunication giant is the current sponsor of the event.

Not only is the event an internationally renowned music and arts festival that celebrates the arts, but also plays a role in social responsibility through stimulating the economy by drawing talent and tourists from across the continent and around the world.

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