BRING YOUR FIRE is MTN Bushfire’s inspiring call to action, a concept that encourages the proactive contribution of the individual. Your Fire is your energy, your spirit, your passion, and your drive to make a difference.
Since its inception, MTN Bushfire has encouraged participants and guests alike to heed this call, and in the process the festival has achieved a worldwide reputation for its visionary and authentic approach to raising awareness of the need for social change.
As a celebration of the human spirit, MTN Bushfire encourages the joy of creative expression and invites everyone to contribute and engage through a programme of creative workshops, discussions, art exhibitions and guest speakers. This programme of interactive events enables conversation and debate that leads to a better understanding the issues surrounding us, from community level challenges to global concerns.
How Do We Bring Our Fire?
#SHAREYOURFIRE WITH YOUNG HEROES
The main beneficiary of MTN Bushfire is Young Heroes. With a portion of every unique Bushfire ticket sold going directly towards providing food and clothing to over 1,000 orphans. The festival and its stakeholders have sponsored over E1,858,775 towards Young Heroes since the festival began.
#WEARYOURFIRE WITH BOMAKE RURAL PROJECTS
100% of the profits of MTN Bushfire merchandise sales go towards health, education and sustainable livelihoods for women, families and communities in rural parts of Swaziland, through our partnership with boMake Rural Projects. Since 2010, MTN Bushfire merchandise has raised close to half a million Emalangeni on behalf of boMake Rural Projects. A portion of Bushfire artists’ merchandise sales is also contributed to the projects.
#BRINGYOURFIRE IN THE BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE
Located at the very heart of the Festival, The BRING YOUR FIRE ZONE is an interactive and creative space. Bringing the festival’s call to action to life through discussions and talkshops around social issues, the space actively encourages participation around socially responsible initiatives and promotes advocacy in an interactive environment.
Within the Zone, various partners and festival goers actively engage with this theme to make their personal contribution and bring the festival’s commitment to creative activism to life during the festival.
#LIGHTYOURFIRE WITH MTN BUSHFIRE SCHOOLS’ FESTIVALS
Created to counter the lack of a formal arts curriculum in Eswatini’s public schools, the MTN Bushfire High Schools’ Festival Supported by MTN Bushfire and the MTN Bushfire Primary Schools’ Festival Supported by MTN Bushfire and the European Union engage students from across the country in a week of interactive arts learning that precedes the main festival
#CRAFTYOURFIRE WITH MTN BUSHFIRE ARTS ROUND TABLE
The MTN Bushfire Arts Round Table provides interaction with top industry professionals on how to succeed in the performing arts. To date, over 800 local arts industry stakeholders have participated in workshops focusing on the music industry, brand, and social media management. Through facilitated dialogues between emerging artists and managers, the Arts Round Table aims to increase knowledge sharing and skills in the artistic community thus enabling individuals and organizations to succeed as professionals in the entertainment field and creative sector.
#SHAPEYOURFIRE WITH THE LEGACY INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME:
MTN Bushfire employs thousands of individuals from within the community and beyond. Part of this programme includes the Legacy Internship and Volunteer Programme.
The programme works in partnership with Alliance Francaise, Makhulu Productions as well as Limkokwing University of Creative Technology to provide Cultural exchange students from all over the world the opportunity to take part in practical learning and skills sharing in the months leading up to, and during the Festival. To be part of this programme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
#GREENYOURFIRE WITH AFRICA’S BEST RESPONSIBLE EVENT
MTN Bushfire is committed to sustainability and environmental sustainability. Working with activists and partners, the festival embraces the Green Your Fire theme in various ways including recycling, tree planting activities, solar powered film screenings, among others. The festival’s commitment to environmental sustainability extends into the Marketplace and Global Food Village, with vendors required to use recyclable or biodegradeable materials for their packaging within the Festival.
#MOVEYOURFIRE WITH IGODA SOUTHERN AFRICAN MUSIC FESTIVALS’ CIRCUIT
Igoda is a Zulu word that means “knot” or “to bind together” and this definition reflects the unique collaboration that brings together the finest music festivals in Southern Africa to create one of the first touring circuits on the African continent. The circuit encompasses festivals from Mozambique, eSwatini, South Africa, Uganda and Reunion Island. These festivals work together in facilitating the movement of artists within the region, thereby exposing them to different audiences.