MTN BUSHFIRE 2012's new addition: The Barn
Just when you thought things couldn't get any hotter at Swaziland's MTN BUSHFIRE 2012 festival, the organisers throw in another highlight: The Barn.
The reconfigured (25m x 15m) shed space on the Malandela farm will give the festival, which takes place from 25 to 27 May 2012 in Swaziland’s picturesque Malkerns Valley, a new dimension. This novel space at MTN BUSHFIRE will be devoted to stimulating dialogue surrounding pertinent and topical issues in Swaziland, and will play host to talks, live performance and exhibitions from Swaziland's most inspired thinkers. This is in line with the organisers' vision of creating a socially responsible, sustainable arts festival for the 21st century.
This year’s inaugural programme at The Barn will feature: "We grow what we don’t eat and eat what we don't grow..." - a focus on food by activist Dolores Godeffroy; African Humanism Empowerment workshops by cultural researcher and author Joy Ndwandwe; South African poet Phillippa Yaa de Villiers; and an exhibition by photographer Mark Lewis.
The magical House on Fire venue will play host to a pan-African explosion of live music, theatre, poetry, film, circus acts, dance and visual arts from all over the globe. The sixth MTN BUSHFIRE festival will be headlined by Romanian-Nigerian singer-songwriter Ayo. She will be joined by US-based performance poet Saul Williams and his backing band. Lovers of fusion can catch reggae-meets-bossa nova sensation Flavia Coelho from Brazil. Other highlights include the Burundi Drummers, Swazi songstress Nancy G, “Swazi soul” pioneer Bholoja and South African acts MXO, Jeremy Loops, Tonik, Mi Casa, DJ duo Revolution, and Adam Glasser’s Mzansi project, featuring vocalist Pinise Saul and guitarist Bheki Khoza.
MTN BUSHFIRE will also offer a Hand Craft Market selling quality home-made goods, a Food Fair, and a KidZone.
While the market and food fair contribute to local business development and abide by fair trade principles, MTN BUSHFIRE provides employment and generates much-needed revenue for the national economy through the 16 000 to 20 000 revellers the event routinely attracts. It also raises awareness and funds for some of the country’s most pressing social needs. Last year the festival's profits were donated to the Young Heroes organisation, which provides support for local orphans, and launched the 100% Seriously Swazi showcase for Swazi artists.
For tickets and accommodation information visit www.bushfire.co.sz. Both VIP and standard tickets are available, as are one-day tickets. Pre-sale single-day tickets cost R150 to R200, or R200 to R250 at the door. A full three-day festival pass costs R400 pre-sale or R450 at the door. Pre sale Golden Lounge VIP tickets (including access to comfortable seating and a bar and waiter service) range from R350 for a day pass to R650 for full festival admission. At the door, VIP tickets range from R400 for VIP day pass to R700. Children enjoy a discounted rate of R50 per day or R150 for the entire festival, with free admission for under-fives.
MTN BUSHFIRE wishes to thank the following partners: MTN, House on Fire, Young Heroes, Alliance Française, SNCAC, African Synergy and the Kingdom of Swaziland.
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