Announced in 2016 by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “top African festival”, MTN BUSHFIRE is Swaziland’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 more than 26,000 “BRING THEIR FIRE” to the scenic farmlands of the Malkerns Valley to experience the three-day event renowned for eclectic and multi-dimensional programming rooted in world music including a compelling line-up of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits & installations, story-telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops. A vibrant handcraft & design market, food village, family-friendly performances and KidZone as well as the recently introduced interactive art and dialogue space, The Barn, all combine to create a magically eclectic three-day entertainment experience.
In recognition of MTN Bushfire’s commitment to sustainability, the festival was awarded the Gold Star for Best Responsible Event at the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards as part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards. With profits going to support local charities, MTN BUSHFIRE serves, in the words of one journalist, “as a living, breathing, creative ecosystem.”