Apply as an Artist

Applications for MTN Bushfire 2018 now open!

Now in its 11th year, MTN Bushfire has a well-deserved reputation worldwide for its visionary approach, authenticity and call to action for encouraging awareness of social change. It was named as ‘one of the seven African festivals you really have to see’ by CNN and as one of the ‘top ten festivals to visit in the summer of 2014’ by MTV Iggy/The Future of Music.

MTN Bushfire is looking for inspired African and international musicians and artists in all creative mediums to “Bring their Fire” and support the Festival’s “Call to Action” mandate that donates profits to Swaziland’s orphans through NGO Young Heroes, as well as contributing merchandise proceeds to non-profit BoMake Rural Project’s community development projects.

With admissions of over 25,000 during three days, MTN BUSHFIRE provides unparalleled opportunity for both established and emerging talent to “Bring their Fire” to this important and high profile event with attendees from around Africa and the world.

Due to the large number of submissions, only successful applicants will be contacted.

To apply fill the form below:

Apply as a Trader

Applications For Traders At MTN Bushfire 2018 Will Open On The 1st Of November 2017!


Handcraft & Design Marketplace:

The MTN BUSHFIRE Handcraft & Design Marketplace offers retail space to artists & designers. A diverse audience of over 20,000 will spend 3 days roaming the grounds and giving you an opportunity to sell your wares. We encourage traders from in and around the SADC region to apply. There are limited stalls available.


Global Food Village:

The MTN BUSHFIRE Global Food Village is a celebration of culture through the art of food, and an opportunity to discover the world through the delicacies it has to offer. The Global Food village gives options to choose from traditional Swazi cultural delights to an array of European and Asian offerings to fuel the fire in your belly at the Festival!


Should you have any queries please contact
For more information on trading at MTN BUSHFIRE: call +268 2528 2040

Apply as a Volunteer/Intern

It takes over 700 people to make the magic happen each year at the MTN BUSHFIRE Festival. Our social mandate sees us offering employment to the local community for a majority of these positions. We have also developed partnerships with local and international organizations to fill other roles and provide valuable skills sharing and capacity building opportunities . These organizations are Sciences Po University (France), African Music Development Programme (France), Limkokwing University (Swaziland) and Mananga College (Swaziland).

Placements are available as internships or volunteer positions and can range in duration from 3 days to 6 months depending on the role being carried out. We match applications with available volunteer work in the various departments. Examples of positions available for interns or volunteers include Project Assistants, Department Assistants, Artist Liaisons, Stage Hands, or Customer Service Officers.

Besides being able to get work experience at one of the top festivals in Africa, other benefits of volunteering may include accommodation, official merchandise and/or food and drinks. Specific benefits depend on the position, duration of placement and will be communicated if you have been selected.
MTN BUSHFIRE does not offer volunteer positions to people under the age of 18.

Apply as a Corporate

MTN BUSHFIRE, Swaziland’s International festival of the arts offers companies/organizations a unique opportunity to promote and profile their products & services to an audience of over 29000 people over the festival weekend.

MTN BUSHFIRE corporate booth space come in two versions; a Gazebo Space and an Activation Space. Depending on planned activities, each organization will select which type best suits them.

Gazebo Spaces are in front of the Handcraft and Design Market and offer a 3 by 3 meters space with a spotlight, 15 amp plug points. As part of the Gazebo space fee, traders will receive six (6) weekend trader passes that allow access for 6 staff members’ access to the festival for the entire weekend.

Activation Spaces are for organizations aiming for a more visible and greater involvement in the festival, which might include activation staff or brand ambassadors interacting with festival attendees outside of designated activation space area. Depending on Target Market, Activation Spaces are located In Main Arena, Golden Lounge Area (VIP Area), KidZone, Marketplace, The Barn, Firefly, The Global Food Village or the Main Festival entrance. Activation Spaces are 6 by 3 meters spaces with a spotlight, 15 amp plug points. As part of the Activation space fee, traders will receive eight (8) weekend trader passes, which allow access for 8 staff members’ access to the festival for the entire weekend.

To request more info or apply for a corporate space:

Email: or call (+268)25282040

Apply As Media



Applications for accreditation are open to authorised journalists, photographers or videographers from the following:

  • Recognised local, national, regional or international daily newspapers, wire and news services
  • Recognised local, national, regional or international magazines
  • Recognised local , national, regional or international radio and television stations and network
  • Recognised local, national, regional or international blogs or websites
  • Credentials are NOT allocated to freelance writers or photographers who are not commissioned by an accredited news organization to cover an event on their behalf (referring letter to accompany application).
  • Application for accreditation does NOT secure accreditation. All successful applicants will be notified via email.

General Info –Accredited media personnel will receive tickets for the festivals but NOT for partners or guests. Media access does NOT enable access to backstage areas or other secure areas. A media centre will be designated, equipped with power and wireless internet.

PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY accredited media will be able to attend media press conferences, request interviews with artists, or to have access to the front and side of stage for photos and videos . Media accreditation is NOT transferable without written consent from MTN Bushfire Festival.

Media accreditation does NOT include ANY travel or accommodation unless specifically pre-arranged with MTN Bushfire Festival.

Please contact Lara Preston at  for any additional media queries.