MTN Bushfire Festival 2016
In recent years, MTN Bushfire has been dubbed by CNN as one of the “seven African music festivals you really have to see”. Not only is the event an internationally renowned music and arts festival that celebrates the arts, but also plays a role in social responsibility. This is done through stimulating the economy by drawing talent and tourists from across the continent and around the world. 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. Now in its 10th year running, the next instalment will be taking place from 27-29 May 2016.
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 Swaziland’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 outdoor stage, each aspect of the venue is given a mesmerising quality by the fairy tale-like stone building structures and the rolling valley scenery which encompasses the site.
The BUSHFIRE music line-up is African-inspired but is all-encompassing with its inclusion of several musical genres. Apart from the music, the three-day festival includes a compelling, multi-dimensional programme of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits and installations, story-telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops. A highlight of the event is the 'The Barn', which acts as a platform to exchange ideas on interactive art, innovation and creativity. The aims 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.
In addition to music discussions and art, a range of kids’ activities will be available at 'KidZone'. Kids can engage in a number of interactive activities including art, theatre, storytelling, poetry and music. While primarily for kids, parents can also become involved and bond with their kids through creativity. Food and merchandise stalls will be available throughout the festival.
As it is situated in Swaziland, you need a passport to gain entry to this festival. You can either drive to the Festival site or fly with Swaziland Airlink from Joburg to Mbabane.
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