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MTN BUSHFIRE PARTNERS WITH BIG GAME PARKS TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF CONSERVATION

50 Years of Conservation is something to celebrate!  In 1964, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary was officially opened and marked the beginning of formal conservation in Swaziland.  This led to the proclamation of Hlane Naitonal Park in 1967, the creation of SNTC in 1972 and the proclamation of Malolotja National Park, Mlawula Game Reserve, Mkhaya Game Reserve (1970’s) and Mantenga Nature Reserve in the 1980’s.  Furthermore, individuals and organisations have set aside ...

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MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL DONATES A QUARTER OF A MILLION EMALANGENI TO FESTIVAL BENEFICIARIES

MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL is proud to announce the handover of monies donated to our official beneficiaries; Young Heroes and gone Rural BoMake. These organisations have collectively received a staggering quarter of a million emalangeni from MTN BUSHFIRE 2013.     The funds were formally awarded on Wednesday December 18th 2013 at House on fire in a moving cheque handing over ceremony. Bushfire founder and Director Jig...

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MTN BUSHFIRE: THE BARN PROGRAMME 2014

Backlit by fiery mountain sunsets across acres of pristine farmland, MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed three day 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. More than simply a music Festival, MTN BUSHFIRE is a creative space where expression, learning, sharing and inspiration take hold. To...

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GET YOUR SELF TO MTN BUSHFIRE: TRAVEL OPTIONS 2014

MTN BUSHFIRE 2014 is around the corner from the 30th of May to the 1st of June and planning has begun for the event that sells out accommodation throughout the country during the festival weekend. For those who want to travel in style and / or convenience, there are a range of travel and accomodation options that will make your MTN BUSHFIRE experience that much more enjoyable. Make sure to book early to avoid disappointment. TR...

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LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO, BONGO MAFFIN, BHOLOJA, FLOEWE & GLOBAL ROSTER OF ARTISTS ANNOUNCED

MTN BUSHFIRE 2014, Swaziland’s international festival of the arts will be taking place from May 30th – June 1st 2014. This year’s festival promises the most diverse line-up to date, with the event set to become the largest world music festival in the region.  MTN BUSHFIRE 2014 is increasing the global diversity of its line-up to create something truly unique in Southern Africa.   Already well established as a top Pan-A...

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ONLINE TICKET SALES OPEN

    MTN BUSHFIRE 2014, Swaziland’s international festival of the arts will be taking place from May 30th – June 1st 2014. This year’s festival promises the most diverse line-up to date, with the festival set to become the largest world music festival in the region.  MTN BUSHFIRE 2014 is increasing the global deiversity of its line-up to create something truly unique in Sou...

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Artist Applications So Far

For a list of artists that have applied so far, please click the following link.     http://www.bush-fire.com/article/view/artist_applications_so_far   Please not that applications to perform at MTN BUSHFIRE close on 31st October 2013 ...

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Artist Applications for 2014 are Open!

MUSICIANS & ARTISTS IN ALL MEDIUMS WELCOME TO SUBMIT MTN BUSHFIRE 2014 announces the launching of its application process for candidates interested in participating in the 8th instalment of one of Africa’s most unique and inspiring Music & Arts Festivals.    Scheduled for May 30-June 1, 2014, BUSHFIRE’s eclectic, multi-dimensional programming is rooted in world music – with a particular emphasis on Pan-African sound...

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Applications to trade at the MTN BUSHFIRE Global food village now open!

Applications to trade at the Global Food Village at the 8th MTN BUSHFIRE (30th May- 1st June 2013), are now open.   With over 20,000 people attending the festival including an influx of international tourists, the organisers wish to ensure the highest quality in both entertainment as well as product on sale. The Global Food Village is a space within the festival, where customers can relax and enjoy culinary delicacies from cultures all over the world. ...

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MTV- 9 Music Festivals Around the World You Actually Want to Go to This Summer

MTN BUSHFIRE is number 2 in '9 Music Festivals Around the World You Actually Want to Go to This Summer' by MTV Iggy.  ...

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More Than Music- Red bulletin Review

Unique among music festivals, Swaziland’s acclaimed Bushfire doesn’t just uplift its audience, it uplifts an entire community   Click here for the full article ...

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APPLICATIONS FOR MTN BUSHFIRE 2014 NOW OPEN

MUSICIANS & ARTISTS IN ALL MEDIUMS WELCOME TO SUBMIT MTN BUSHFIRE 2014 announces the launching of its application process for candidates interested in participating in the 8th instalment of one of Africa’s most unique and inspiring Music & Arts Festivals.    Scheduled for May 30-June 1, 2014, BUSHFIRE’s eclectic, multi-dimensional programming is rooted in world music – with a particular emphasis on Pan-African sound...

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Talking Doors Exhibition

In December 2012, MTN Bushfire Festival of the Arts submitted a proposal called Talking Doors to the Prince Claus Fund call for proposals from Africa. Soon after submitting the proposal, MTN Bushfire began a partnership with Yebo! ArtReach to plan and design the Talking Doors Installation.  In May MTN Bushfire was selected as a recipient of the prestigious Prince Claus Grant. MTN Bushfire and Yebo! ArtReach worked clo...

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Response to the Unofficial Cultural Boycott of Swaziland

MTN BUSHFIRE’s Response to the Unofficial Call for the Cultural Boycott of Swaziland   The MTN BUSHFIRE team would like to bring to your attention the unofficial Call for Cultural Boycott of Swaziland. The SSN (Swaziland Solidarity Network), a group based in Johannesburg, South Africa, have called for a blanket cultural boycott on Swaziland since April 20...

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Saul Williams Ponders Poverty, HIV, Music and Change After Swaziland Visit

  One thing I love about summers, as a musician, are the many music festivals across the world that allow me to travel to countries and places I may have never taken the time to explore on my own. Last week I had an opportunity to travel to Swaziland, in southern Africa, and perform at the sixth installation of the Bushfire Festival.     ...

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The rise of thinking people’s arts festivals

You get arts festivals, then you get arts festivals that function solely as an excuse for a marathon piss-up. Similarly, there is no archetypal festino: he or she runs the gamut from bespectacled scarf-wearing hippie-intellectual to unshaven yob lurching around in saggy shorts that reveal untantalising glimpses of butt cleavage. ...

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Getting high on a feast of Southern African Festivals

It was almost dawn and we were approaching the Limpopo River when the Red Bull began to take hold. A pair of freelance journalists striking out for the territories, we had left our base-camp in Rustenburg at midnight and had taken the first significant steps in an 8 000km pilgrimage that would pass through the Harare International Festival of the Arts, the highlight of a Zimbabwean cultural calendar that still clings stubbornly to life, Azgo, a distinctly Mozambican festival that is s...

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MTN BUSHFIRE Donates ZAR 63,000 to Gone Rural BoMake!

SHOW GALLERY

        MTN BUSHFIRE has once again donated 100% of merchandise proceeds to Gone Rural BoMake. ZAR 63, 012.50 was raised at the 2012 festival, bringing MTN BUSHFIRE’s tota...

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MTN BUSHFIRE RISES TO NEW HEIGHTS AS THE FESTIVAL CITY TAKES FORM

Like a phoenix rising, the magical MTN Bushfire festival city has begun to sprout from the fertile grounds of Malandela’s farm in the Malkerns Valley.     Traditionally-inspired native American Sioux teepees have been erected under the aegis of a visiting Lakota Sioux,...

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UNPRECEDENTED MEDIA ATTENDANCE EXPECTED AT THE 6TH ANNUAL MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL

Unprecedented media attention greets this year’s eagerly anticipated MTN Bushfire Festival, with over 100 regional and international press representatives having already been credentialed. Extensive pre-event exposure and a burgeoning global profile catapulted this cross-cultural, socially-responsible music and art festival for charity onto a wo...

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MTN BUSHFIRE ENCOURAGES “LIFT CLUBS” AND SAFETY THROUGH SANCTIONED TAXI SERVICE

To ensure the safety and convenience of this year’s MTN Bushfire attendees, the festival’s organizers are providing sanctioned late night/early morning taxi service, easily accessible at the venue’s entrances. According to event founder/director Jiggs Thorne, “We want people to have a great time and to not have to worry about how they are going to get home if they’ve been drinking. The well-being of our guests is of paramount importance to us.”  As s...

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MTN BUSHFIRE GIVES BACK

MTN BUSHFIRE Gives Back to the Local Community   In addition to providing world-class entertainment with a strong underlying call to social responsibility, MTN BUSHFIRE also gives back to the local Swazi community through a wide range of programs.   Each year, MTN BUSHFIRE brings singers, dancers, actors, poets, and other artists together at the vibrant House on Fire in Malkerns, Swaziland, for a weekend colorf...

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Tsepo Tshola Reinvents the MTN BUSHFIRE Festival Anthem

Sankomota’s 1983 hit ‘House on Fire’, the very song that inspired festival director Jiggs Thorne to name the venue for MTN BUSHFIRE, is being revived and performed by Tsepo Tshola at this year’s festival.   ...

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Red-hot MTN BUSHFIRE ready to ignite your senses!

 The countdown has begun to next weekend’s MTN BUSHFIRE International Festival of the Arts in Swaziland – the festival promises to draw a potent inferno of music, poetry and culture from Africa and around the globe.   Over the next week, thousands of people from around the world will flock to the Kingdom of Swaziland, prepared to kindle a spirit of communality and social dialogue at one of the most blisteringly creative and progressiv...

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Tickets selling fast – act now before discounted tickets disappear!

 This year’s spectacular three-day MTN Bushfire festival is upon us and tickets are selling at breakneck speed – as the ticket markdown will only continue until May 24th, we urge you to act fast to enjoy discounted ticketing to this year’s festival!   MTN BUSHFIRE is one of the largest gatherings of arts and culture in Southern Africa; although the festival is only just a few years old, it has already gained a renown ...

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Jazz Lovers Rejoice: MTN BUSHFIRE Features Adam Glasser’s Mzansi Project in this year’s Festival Programme

For those jazz enthusiasts attending MTN BUSHFIRE 2012, it might be exiting to learn that world-renowned musician Adam Glasser will be playing alongside Pinise Saul, Bheki Khoza, Concord Nkabinde, Nduduzo Makhathini, and Rob Watson at this year’s festival. The group is coming to MTN BUSHFIRE after playing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.    ...

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Official MTN BUSHFIRE t shirt design

   The profits from all MTN BUSHFIRE merchandise goes to Gone Rural boMake   At Bushfire 2011, Gone Rural boMake raised E28,000 for rural development projects through sales of merchandise during the festival.   ...

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BUSHFIRE CAMPING

 The official MTN BUSHFIRE Campsite is set up and managed by All Out Africa www.alloutafrica.comand is conveniently located on Malandela’s Farm, within a short walking distance of the festival arena. The MTN BUSHFIRE Campsite was a huge success in 2011: it doubled in size since the previous year. The campsite had that true festival vibe, people from all over the world united in one of the most diverse artistic hubs in A...

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Visitors to the MTN Bushfire in Swaziland later this month will be treated to the brilliant vision and pioneering work of artist Luis Paredes.

Luis Paredes will create his mind-altering Tabula Rasa with members of the local community. The El Salvador-born, Denmark-based photographer will team up with Guatemalan artist Pablo Swezey and public participants to create his pragmatic vision, Tabula Rasa. The Ezulwini Valley will become a hive of culture and art when the MTN Bushfire: Swaziland?s International Festival of the Arts takes place from 25 to 27 May and Tabula Rasa is certain to be one of the in...

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SNCAC Speaks Highly of the 100% Seriously Swazi Programme at MTN BUSHFIRE

 While MTN BUSHFIRE strives to draw artists from all across the globe, it also works to promote and offer opportunities to the immense talent contained within Swaziland.   An important aspect of MTN BUSHFIRE is its focus on developing the artist as well the spectator – while attendees find the festival magical and inspirational, the artist similarly experiences growth and attains new understandings by demonstrating talents at the festival. ...

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Parmalat Sponsors Family Friendly Programme at MTN BUSHFIRE

MTN BUSHFIRE is committed to creating an atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all ages – in 2012, this will include workshops by the Silent Conductor, the interactive KidZone, and the Giant Puppets of Mozambique.     Each year, MTN BUSHFIRE gathers a wide diversity of people from all a...

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INTERNATIONAL ARTIST COLLABORATION TO CREATE THOUGHT-PROVOKING INSTALLTION AT MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL

 Visitors to the MTN BUSHFIRE in Swaziland later this month will be treated to the brilliant vision and pioneering work of artist Luis Paredes who will create his mind-altering Tabula Rasa with members of the local community.   The El Salvador-born, Denmark-based photographer will team up with Guatemalan artist Pablo Swezey and public participants to create his pragmatic vision, Tabula Rasa.   The Ezulwini Valley will become a hive of cultu...

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Saul Williams Q&A

     (1) You are reputable in the creative world as a musician and poet, but not many people are aware of your involvement in various philanthropic efforts. How did you hear about the Bushfire Festival?   I hadn't heard of the festival before receiving a call fr...

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MTN BUSHFIRE School’s Festival Launches!

 With only 10 days until MTN BUSHFIRE, the festival proudly launches its multi-school arts education outreach initiative: The Bushfire School’s Festival.   MTN BUSHFIRE believes that access to the arts should be widespread, allowing people from all walks of life to enjoy similarly the beauty of song, dance, poetry, theatre, and other forms of artistic demonstration. This belief manifests itself chiefly in the yearly MTN BUSHFIRE festival, a...

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MTN BUSHFIRE Encourages Social Responsibility Through Gender Equality Campaigns + Condom Distribution by Lovers PLUS.

 This year, MTN BUSHFIRE Festival will demonstrate its commitment to socially aware action through artistic presentations and contraceptive giveaways, in collaboration with PSI, Gone Rural BoMake, and Lovers PLUS.   In line with its dedication to social responsibility, MTN BUSHFIRE hopes to break down the negative stigmas that revolve around issues of sex and HIV/Aids, and this year is hosting PSI and Lovers PLUS to offer contraceptive giveaways ...

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MTN BUSHFIRE BRINGS THE NATION TOGETHER

Iis not often that the entirety of a nation, from the people to the organizations, come together at one venue and on a yearly basis to support and celebrate the arts. Indeed, the MTN BUSHFIRE Festival has grown over the last six years to be such a festival, an international celebration where people enjoy a range of artistic exhibitions and discuss pertinent social issues. Over the years Swaziland’s acclaimed international music and arts festival has continued to bring the best artists...

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MTN BUSHFIRE Encourages Social Responsibility Through Gender Equality Campaigns + Condom Distribution by Lovers PLUS.

 This year, MTN BUSHFIRE Festival will demonstrate its commitment to socially aware action through artistic presentations and contraceptive giveaways, in collaboration with PSI, Gone Rural BoMake, and Lovers PLUS.   In line with its dedication to social responsibility, MTN BUSHFIRE hopes to break down the negative stigmas that revolve around issues of sex and HIV/Aids, and this year is hosting PSI and Lovers PLUS to offer contraceptive giveaways ...

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Acclaimed Artist Bholoja Speaks Out Against Cultural Boycott’s Targeting of MTN BUSHFIRE

 As the SSN continues to urge artists to pull out of this year’s MTN BUSHFIRE, award-winning artist Bholoja offers his opinions on the fallacious aims of the cultural boycott.   As is well known, the Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) is actively calling for artists to pull out of this year’s MTN BUSHFIRE festival, in line with its unofficial call for cultural boycott of the country. MTN BUSHFIRE believes the cultural boycott’s ...

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MTN BUSHFIRE Offers A Diversity of Family-Friendly Facilities that Enhance the Festival Experience!

 MTN BUSHFIRE offers a wealth of festival strands that collectively contribute to a multicultural, diverse, appealing festival.   We’ve all heard about MTN BUSHFIRE as a festival that attracts an international crowd, a festival that displays an extraordinary assortment of artistic talent, a festival that encourages multicultural celebration as well as discussion surrounding pressing social issues. In order to achieve this thought-provoking,...

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Artists voice their support for MTN BUSHFIRE

“I cannot conceive of a scenario in Swaziland where cultural isolation actually strengthens democracy” – Paul Brickhill, Pamberi Trust’s Book Café, Zimbabwe   In the wake of unofficial calls for the cultural boycott of Swaziland, artists and international festival organisations have rallied to support the forthcoming MTN BUSHFIRE International Festival of the Arts in Swaziland.  ...

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“To provoke, enlighten and activate”

 “To provoke, enlighten and activate” – The Barn, a crucible of ideas, conversation, curiousity and art at MTN BUSHFIRE 2012     From the 25th to the 27th of May, the Malandela’s farm in Swaziland will be transformed ...

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The Barn

BARN BACKGROUND AND PHILOSOPHY We at MTN BUSHFIRE believe passionately in the power of art not just to entertain, but to provoke, to enlighten, to activate, to Bohmisa. So we're building a space that offers free knowledge and inspiration from Swaziland’s most inspired thinkers, makers and performers, facilitating a community of curiosity and ideas. The Barn is a reconfigured (25 x 15m) shed space on the Malendela farm devoted to stimulating dialogue surrounding p...

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Bhomisa- To Make or Cause to Explode

Bhomisa is a new publication that will be released by MTN BUSHFIRE and the Swazi Observer before and during this year’s festival. It will serve as the festival mouthpiece, programme and profile of the event. Additionally, Bhomisa as a conscious, creative paper will go some way to providing another platform for much needed expression in Swaziland.   ...

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MTN BUSHFIRE Launches the Bring Your Fire Campaign 20 days to the Festival!

   There are only twenty days left to purchase pre-sale tickets for this year’s MTN BUSHFIRE – these tickets are the key to bringing your zeal and enthusiasm to the year’s hottest arts event.   ...

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MTN BUSHFIRE attends historic launch of the African Festival Network

 AFRIFESTNET NOW LAUNCHED     ...

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Physical tickets available at MTN Service Centres across Swaziland

MTN BUSHFIRE organizers confirmed that tickets for the festival are now available at 5 MTN centres across the country.   The MTN Service Centres are MTN Simunye, Manzini, Mbabane, Matsapha and the Gables. Interested Fun Lovers can visit the above MTN outlets to purchase tickets for the Festival. Tickets are also available at House on Fire’s Internet café as well as online via ...

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MTN BUSHFIRE Call for Volunteers

 Want to get involved in the making of the biggest event in Swaziland?   MTN BUSHFIRE is launching an official volunteer scheme in 2012. Each year, our three day festival takes over 700 people to make magic happen. Many volunteers work for societies and organizations who recruit their own volunteers, but a large part work directly for MTN BUSHFIRE. If you would like us to consider you as a volunteer for this year's festival,
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Woza and feel the Groove at MTN BUSHFIRE

  South African supergroup Mango Groove, iconic play Woza Albert!, multi-platinum-selling songstress Lira and the Giant Puppets of Mozambique are among the latest acts to be confirmed for the MTN BUSHFIRE Festival line-up.     Taking place in Swazi...

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Get your MTN BUSHFIRE ticket at House on Fire Today!

Pre-sale tickets for the MTN BUSHFIRE Swaziland’s International Festival of the Arts are now available at House on Fire’s Internet Cafe and e-Tickets can be purchased on our website www.bushfire.co...

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MTN BUSHFIRE 2012 launches in Mozambique

MTN BUSHFIRE 2012 completed its regional launch season with a visit to Maputo, Mozambique on the 2nd April 2012.     Present journalists and supporters of MTN BUSHFIRE unanimously agreed that the festival stealthily gains more Mozambican audiences every year. Swazi artist Bholoja graced the event with an exquisite acoustic performance.   ...

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AYO at MTN BUSHFIRE 2012

The 6th Annual MTN Bushfire Festival is thrilled. No – delighted. Actually, elated -- to count chart-topping, critically-acclaimed, globally-inspired singer/songwriter Ayo as amongst this year’s headliners. She will anchor a stellar lineup on Saturday (May 26) night (time TBD) with her evocative sound she calls “soul and magic.” A perfect sprinkling of musical stardust atop the enchanting spirit that each year pervades our three-day cultural celebration....

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Saul Williams at MTN BUSHFIRE 2012

  Trent Reznor (and Nine Inch Nails), The Fugees, KRS-One, Thavius Beck, Atari Teenage Rio, Buckethead, Erykah Badu, De La Soul, Nas, Serj Tanakian, Zack de l...

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MTN BUSHFIRE 2012's new addition: The Barn

SHOW GALLERY

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 top...

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MTN BUSHFIRE donates 100% of its profits to Young Heroes

At MTN BUSHFIRE's core is our Call To Action, a practical commitment to developing our community socially and economically through the arts.    Since our inception in 2007 MTN BUSHFIRE Festival has continued to donate 100% of its profits to NGO Young Heroes. To date, we have donated over R533,000.00 which makes us the single largest local donor to this vital organisation. Young Heroes raises funds to support some of the more than 120,000 orphans currently liv...

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BAFTA nominee Actor Richard E Grant signs on as MTN BUSHFIRE patron

Acclaimed actor Richard E Grant, who was born and raised in Swaziland, has come on board as the patron of the annual MTN BUSHFIRE arts festival, which takes place in the picturesque Swazi kingdom from 25 to 27 May 2012.   ...

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Response to the Unofficial Cultural Boycott of Swaziland

MTN BUSHFIRE’s Response to the Unofficial Call for the Cultural Boycott of Swaziland   The MTN BUSHFIRE team would like to bring to your attention the unofficial Call for Cultural Boycott of Swaziland. The SSN (Swaziland Solidarity Network), a group based in Johannesburg, South Africa, have called for a blanket cultural boycott on Swaziland since April 20...

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