MTN BUSHFIRE FESTIVAL: Visual Arts Activations #BRINGYOURFIRE

The MTN Bushfire Festival is proud to announce an exciting and live visual art activation that will bring to life the various themes of the this year’s MTN Bushfire Bring Zone. Throughout the three days of the MTN Bushfire Festival, May 24- 26th, visual artists will create murals within the interactive space that reflect the key themes of this year’s event.

The Bring Your Fire Zone is an interactive and creative space located at the very heart of the main Festival. In the Zone MTN Bushfire’s partner organisations activate various Bring Your Fire themes through interactions, activities and and talk-shops around key social issues. The space actively encourages participation around responsible initiatives and promotes advocacy in an interactive environment.

This year the themes explored within the space are as follows; inclusion & tolerance – minority rights, environmental sustainability, sexual and reproductive health, gender diversity, equality & empowerment, child protection, and the Beyond Borders Program focused on arts mobility.

To add an exciting and engaging element to this year’s Zone, a host of visual artists will be on site throughout the weekend creating murals and installational artwork around these key themes. Guests can engage with the artists as they work and be part of this living manifestation fo the #BRINGYOURFIRE call to action to ignite social change.

Tim Dawson: (eSwatini) A sculptor and painter, Tim will be artistically interpreting some of the environmental sustainability challenges facing communities through a mural in the Bring Your Fire Zone. Tim uses discarded rubbish to create artistic pieces that not only raises awareness on living green, but also repurposes harmful materials in order to save our environment.

Joseph Mushipe: (Zambia) Joseph is a dynamic multi-talented visual artist who will interpreting self-confidence, self-love and self-assurance as seen through the eyes of festival goers. Revelers will have the opportunity to stop by and actively participate in the completion of the mural.

 

Dane Mathendele Armstrong (eSwatini) Dane is a self-taught artist from Eswatini who prefers to explore a variety of artistic mediums, letting available objects and spaces dictate both the creative process and the outcome. He runs Yebo ArtReach, an organisation that links artists with public art projects around the country.

Sven Christian (SA) Sven is an artist based in Johannesburg who, In 2014, founded Ism-Skism, an ongoing artist-led initiative that encourages participants to produce work in the public domain. In 2017, his work led him and fellow artist Sakhile Mhlongo to Swaziland, where they worked in collaboration with Yebo ArtReach to produce murals throughout Ezulwini.

Mook Lion (SA) Currently based in Durban, South Africa, Mook Lion’s work blends various aspects of graffiti and fine art that appeal to him. His work can be found on the walls of Durban, Johannesburg, Berlin, Dresden and Stockholm, where he witnessed the positive effects of street art and public art on society.

Thabo Lukhele (eSwatini) Thabo is a self-taught artist from Mankayane, eSwatini. He has been exhibiting locally and internationally through Yebo Gallery for many years, mainly focusing on landscapes and abstract expressionism. He also works with Yebo ArtReach by painting murals and running workshops all around the country, particularly focusing on rural communities and youth projects.

Fela Dlamini (eSwatini) Fela is an incredibly versatile and multi-talented artist and sculptor from eSwatini. He works on creative projects around the country, and exhibits regularly with Yebo Gallery both locally and internationally. He also works on various community art projects through Yebo ArtReach – running youth workshops and painting murals all around the country.

MTN Bushfire is the acclaimed music and arts festival known and loved for its Afro-centric ethos and its strong focus on African music, culture and the arts. Listed by BBC as a “Top African festival,” MTN Bushfire 2019 once again promises an eclectic mix of artists from across the globe.

Every year, over 26,000 attendees hailing from 60 different countries make the journey from near and far to the peaceful Malkerns Valley of eSwatini for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.

MTN Bushfire invites all fans of music, the arts, cultural exploration and environmental sustainability to become part of the thriving community that is MTN Bushfire. Join in the journey towards MTN Bushfire 2019 by following us on all social media platforms as well as visiting our website, www.bush-fire.com.