MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’s acclaimed international music and arts festival held each year at House on Fire, an inspired venue set against a breath-taking rural landscape in the heart of the Ezulwini valley.
MTN BUSHFIRE’s annual Pan-African explosion includes a multi-faceted line up of the highest quality featuring live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts from all over the globe. Each year a diverse audience of up to 20,000 people come together over three days to celebrate cultural meeting points, fuelling a feast of magical performances from Africa and beyond.
MTN BUSHFIRE owes its unique spirit and atmosphere to a successful balance of world class festivities whilst championing socially responsible ideals. At its core is a practical commitment to inspiring and developing the Swazi arts and cultural scene, whilst raising awareness and funds to tackle the most pressing social needs in Swaziland. Along the way it generates significant income for the national economy and creates much-needed employment for local people.
The combination of an inspired setting, an amazing line-up of world class talent, and a commitment to the needs of the Swazi community sets the tone for a vibrant, family friendly and absolutely unmissable annual event.
• MTN BUSHFIRE is delighted to have donated over R593,000 to our Beneficiaries Young Heroes & Gone Rural boMaketo date.
• Over 85,000 people have attended the five Festivals to date; more than 16,000 people attended Bushfire in 2011 from more than 20 countries.
• Over 170 local artists performed under the ‘100% Seriously Swazi’ programme and main programme in 2011.
• Over 160 international artists from 11 different countries performed at Bushfire 2011. Countries included South Africa, France, USA, Botswana, Canada, Jamaica, Mali, Spain, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
￼￼• Bushfire’s 2011 Swaziland Design Week featured 16 Fair Trade companies in collaboration with Swaziland Fair Trade
• Bushfire School’s Festival is open to every High School in Swaziland, reaching over 750 students and 100 teachers since its foundation in 2010
• It takes more than 680 people to stage Bushfire each year, including management, artists, security, catering and hospitality.
• 90 traders took part in the Festival in 2011 in the Market Place, Food Fair and Kids Zone.
• A ground breaking study conducted by The African Synergy Trust into the economic impact of Bushfire demonstrates that typically for every ZAR1 generated at the festival, ZAR6 is generated for the Swazi economy.
• In 2011 Bushfire generated an estimated income of ZAR12 million in tourist receipts for Swaziland