The MTN Bushfire Schools’ Festival was introduced in 2010 and it was developed to augment formal arts and culture curriculum in public schools by presenting performance and interactive workshops for students and teachers from high schools throughout Swaziland under the tutelage of dramatists, musicians, artists and other creative industry professionals.
The MTN Bushfire Schools’ Festival, comprising of two parts, the MTN Bushfire High Schools’ Festival and the Primary Schools’ Festival Supported by MTN Bushfire and the EU, plays an important role in the objectives of this festival.
The EU funded SUPPORT TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROJECT II whose objective is to support increased access to primary education and improving the quality of primary education helps the Schools Festival successfully host participation in the “Open Day” segment of the Schools’ Festival, enabling Swazi primary school students to be exposed to the many “languages of the arts.” 2016 saw 29 schools participate making it the highest number of participants ever, with over 600 students in attendance. The enthusiasm of participation affirms the need for outreach to students, and highlights the eagerness for them to learn.The role of the EU is a substantial contribution to the success of the Open Day.
MTN Bushfire aims to continuously integrate the current and ever changing aspects of the world in its festival concepts as part of its “Bring Your Fire” social mandate. This year, the theme will be Environmental Sustainability; promoting environmentally sustainable practices through its dynamic range of experiences in the lead up to, and during the festival itself. The MTN BUSHFIRE 2017 Schools Festivals is projected to be a four-day event that engages teachers and students through creative arts methodologies, including workshops and performances.
In 2017, with assistance from the SET II Project, MTN Bushfire would like to further engage the Swazi youth and introduce a second “Open Day”, during the Schools’ Festival programming that would be focused on a selected number of Swazi high schools for participation. By the SET II Project supporting the introduction of the “Open Day” for high schools, this second instalment would provide a larger platform for the youth’s improved education about their surrounding environment, and collective coordination towards a more sustainable community. This would also be a means of MTN Bushfire contributing to the efforts of the EU to enhance the quality of education to all students.
We are excited about the continuous growth of this important and inspired festival element and offer a BIG thank you to the Schools Festival sponsors and the Swaziland Ministry of Education for their support in helping us expose Swaziland’s youth to the magic of the arts.
MTN Bushfire’s Legacy Project seeks to engage the local community of Malkerns and Mahlanya in socially uplifting programs that impart creative skills and promote social behaviour change through fun and dynamic workshopped experiences in the lead up and during the festival itself. This Festival outreach initiative is a commitment by MTN Bushfire and its partners to create an increasingly inclusive festival program where members of our local youth community become active participants to generate a sustainable arts legacy that instils skills and motivation in youth to become arts and creative industry entrepreneurs.
Arts Round Table
MTN BUSHFIRE Arts Round Table provides interaction with top industry professionals on how to succeed in the performing arts. Over 700 local arts industry stakeholders have participated in previous workshops offered in focusing on the music industry, brand and social media management.
Through facilitated workshops for emerging artists and managers, the Arts Round Table aims to increase knowledge and skills in the artistic community thus enabling individuals and organizations to succeed as professionals in the entertainment field. A new addition in 2017 will be consultative forums which will be held to address specific issues brought up at the Round Table. The annual event aims to increase knowledge sharing within the artistic community and equip individuals and organizations with skills to succeed as professionals within the creative sector.