MTN BUSHFIRE Launches the Bring Your Fire Campaign 20 days to the Festival!


 There are only twenty days left to purchase pre-sale tickets for this year’s MTN BUSHFIRE – these tickets are the key to bringing your zeal and enthusiasm to the year’s hottest arts event.



Swaziland’s MTN BUSHFIRE Festival is just around the corner – indeed, there are only 20 days until the kickoff of the acclaimed and anticipated, weekend-long cultural celebration of dance, song, poetry, film, theatre, and visual arts. A budding tradition, MTN BUSHFIRE brings together thousands of performers, artists, and spectators to celebrate cultural exchange, inspire and engage artists, and provides support to HIV affected orphans in Swaziland.


As the cool breeze of winter begins to waft across Swaziland, this year MTN BUSHFIRE encourages you to BRING YOUR FIRE – that is, a driving sense of individuality, creativity, and participation – to the festival. MTN BUSHFIRE hopes that participants of all ages, ethnicities, and ideologies will bring their passions and creative fervor to the festival, working to foster an atmosphere that celebrates individuality while still enjoying the cultural connections between peoples. Bringing your ‘fire’ will help to achieve the long-standing commitment of the festival: the fusion of social responsibility with multicultural, international arts celebration. As the festival draws near, MTN BUSHFIRE encourages you to ponder: How will you bring your fire?


Many headlining artists have already expressed their commitment to igniting to this year’s festival with hot performances – this includes Saul Williams, whose impassioned, dynamic poetry rouses the souls of blissfully ensnared audiences; Ayo, whose globally influenced music will add a particular international spice; and Mi Casa, a group that is determined to move their audiences with captivating, mesmerizing beats. The festival will host a wealth of musical acts, as well as dance, visual art, and theatre performances.


Also adding to the ‘fire’ of this year’s festival is the design of the MTN BUSHFIRE campaign; with its subtle reference to the textile patterns on the traditional lihiya, this design represents the ties of the traditional, established Swazi identity to the festival. The strong tie between Swaziland and MTN BUSHFIRE is embodied in the festival by new installments such as The Barn, a new venue that showcases Swazi art, stages artists in an open-mic fashion, and provides an atmosphere for the discussion of contemporary Swazi events and issues.


The festival is hosted at House on Fire on the 25, 26, and 27 May 2012. However, there are many ways that audiences can bring their ‘fire’ before the festival. LIKE MTN BUSHFIRE 2012 on Facebook, and watch out for competitions that offer free tickets and prizes. Also contribute to the electricity of this year’s MTN BUSHFIRE by pre-ordering tickets at www.bushfire.co.sz, or by purchasing tickets at MTN Service Centres in Simunye, Manzini, Mbabane, Matsapha, and the Gables. 


This statement was written by the MTN BUSHFIRE Intern Eli Medvescek

Founding Graphic Design Partner - Vincent Caudry.
Official Photographers - Bram Lanmers and Sydelle Willow-Smith
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