Artist Applications for MTN Bushfire 2023 are now open!

The 16th edition of the MTN Bushfire international festival of the arts will be held from 26-28 May 2023, at House On Fire in Eswatini.

The festival invites live performers of the highest calibre, who share the festival’s mission to celebrate creative expression while promoting social responsibility and inclusion, to send in their applications via our online application process.

Rooted in Africa and packaged to the world, MTN Bushfire’s line-up has always embraced the eccentric and unearthed the eclectic, featuring a wholesome mix of pan-African and international artists from across different genres who do more than simply entertain, but also use their art as a powerful form of creative expression.

MTN Bushfire looks for a diversity of musical styles and genres. Every year features an eclectic mix of World Music, African Music, traditional sounds and cultural music styles from across the globe; Electro, Afro pop, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Gqom, House, and a range of other styles.

The festival also looks for performers for the various stages and platforms which host a wide range of entertainment, including dance showcases, art exhibitions and installations, theatre, poetry, storytelling, puppetry, film, and more.

Artist applications close 15th January 2023. Application links can be found on the ARTISTS page, as well as on our MTN Bushfire social media platforms.

Named “Top African festival” by the BBC, hailed by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and winner of the Most Responsible Event Award at the African Responsible Tourism Awards in 2017, MTN Bushfire is more than a music festival.
With its #BRINGYOURFIRE clarion call to ignite action for positive social and environmental change, MTN Bushfire is deeply involved in a range of social and arts development initiatives.

MTN Bushfire sees over 30,000 admissions during the festival weekend, with attendees from over 55 different countries making the journey to the beautiful Malkerns Valley of Eswatini for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.

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MTN Bushfire is pleased to announce E262,455.63 in sponsorship for festival beneficiaries in 2022. Cheques were presented to Young Heroes, boMake Rural Projects and the newly established Malandela’s Legacy Fund on 26th October, 2022, at House On Fire.

This sponsorship is only made possible by the collective effort inspired by the “Bring Your Fire” call to action to make a positive difference in our communities. Grateful thanks go to the range of partners involved in making the MTN Bushfire festival such a memorable experience, and most especially the festivalgoers who purchase the tickets and merchandise used to sponsor the festival’s beneficiaries.

MTN Bushfire is more than simply a music festival, it is an expression of social consciousness and an engine for local community development. MTN Bushfire’s commitment towards creative activism to effect positive, meaningful, sustainable change has earned the festival a worldwide reputation for its visionary, authentic and inclusive approach, winning the ‘Best Responsible Event’ Award at the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards.

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