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The MTN BUSHFIRE Festival sees some of Africa’s best artists performing in an intimate and 100% socially responsible festival. Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, and recently named as BBC’s Top African Festival, MTN BUSHFIRE is Eswatini’s internationally acclaimed 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 three day entertainment experience.
Formed in 2006, MTN BUSHFIRE has a well-deserved reputation for its visionary approach. The festival aims to develop the arts whilst promoting social responsibility. Through its thoroughly innovative and development focused approach, the festival gives back to the people of Eswatini with 100% of profits donated to two Swazi charities; Young Heroes, a child sponsorship programme assisting Swazi orphans, and Gone Rural boMake, a charity that assists rural Swazi women and the communities with information and infrastructure development, addressing health, education and social concerns.
The 2023 Festival dates have now been announced. The festival will take place from 26 – 28 May 2023 and tickets are now on sale. Find out more information in this article.
View highlights of last year’s festival in the Official MTN Bushfire Festival 2022 video below.