MTN BUSHFIRE Offers A Diversity of Family-Friendly Facilities that Enhance the Festival Experience!

 MTN BUSHFIRE offers a wealth of festival strands that collectively contribute to a multicultural, diverse, appealing festival.


We’ve all heard about MTN BUSHFIRE as a festival that attracts an international crowd, a festival that displays an extraordinary assortment of artistic talent, a festival that encourages multicultural celebration as well as discussion surrounding pressing social issues. In order to achieve this thought-provoking, fun-loving atmosphere, the festival grounds at House on Fire contain a range of family-friendly areas that ensure multiple types of entertainment for a wide audience. The manifold facilities available during MTN BUSHFIRE enhance the magical experience of the festival, and make navigation comprehensible and accessible.


Helping to contribute to the multinational ambiance of the festival, MTN BUSHFIRE offers a wide abundance of unique world cuisines at the Food Fair. While many MTN BUSHFIRE attendees might see food simply as a necessary inconvenience they need to consume between bouts of dancing, the Food Fair proves itself an astounding amalgam of enticing, mouth-watering, world-class dishes. This is an essential venue to frequent – spend some time surrounded by aromas of Indian, Chinese, Zimbabwean, Swazi, and dozens of other cuisines, eat a mountain of your favorite food, or perhaps even try something new. Indeed, this is the number one stop for festival fuel!


Coming back in 2012 with a fresh new spin is the MTN BUSHFIRE Fair Trade Marketplace, this year hosted by Swaziland Fair Trade (SWIFT). An organization committed to the socioeconomic empowerment of crafts producers, SWIFT will exhibit a range of fair trade, hand-crafted products that are distinctively Swazi, including jewelry, clothing, food products, and other accessories. SWIFT and the Marketplce will also host workshops in which they teach participants how to make these utterly unique crafts. What’s more, this year’s Marketplace will feature an eclectic ecological art café, a colorful and dynamic space that will host many popular Swazi-based arts organizations. Whether or not you choose to purchase items at the marketplace, it is still undoubtedly a venue at which both Swazis and travelers can marvel at the exquisite, beautiful artwork created by a diversity of artistic groups.


If you seek to have your mind engaged in pertinent, current social issues facing Swaziland and the rest of the world, The Barn provides a stellar atmosphere for these discussions. A newly renovated installment on the House on Fire grounds, The Barn provides multiple outlets through which people of all opinions can express themselves – this includes visual art, poetry, music, and facilitated discussions. In keeping with MTN BUSHFIRE’s message of social responsibility, The Barn hopes to use arts as a medium by which people express their beliefs and discuss them in an energetic, constructive way. This year’s Barn programme will include discussions led by the acclaimed Swaziland-born actor Richard E Grant, poetry by the moving, insightful Swazi poetry group Rooted Soulz, and an entirely innovative and unprecedented approach to art, headed by two Central Americans, known as “Tabula Rasa”.


In deciding the best way to spend money this month, here are a few enticing facts that reveal the amazing value of MTN BUSHFIRE VIP tickets. Primarily, these tickets offer access to the VIP Golden Lounge, a private luxury area that offers superior views of Main Stage performances, central heating for the descending winter cold, comfortable seating, and waiting service. VIP access helps to maximize comfort at MTN BUSHFIRE, thus enhancing the overall experience of the festival. While the VIP Golden Lounge ticket is admittedly more expensive, purchasers are encouraged to see the higher price as an increased donation – after all, 100% of the profits from ticket sales go to benefit Young Heroes, the Swazi-based organization that supports HIV/AIDS-affected orphans in the country. This means the VIP Golden Lounge actually embodies a double benefit: the material comforts that are available throughout the lounge, as well as the personal knowledge that the purchaser has partaken in a generous, socially responsible deed.


The MTN BUSHFIRE KidZone includes the perfect balance of physical fun with mental engagement; indeed, it is an interactive and diverse area, where children have varied sources of age-appropriate entertainment. Between the endless energy of the festival and the endless energy of children, there is an assortment of physical outlets in the KidZone for children to exhaust themselves – these include inflatable slides, arts and crafts, and face painting. The KidZone also offers stimulating workshops for children, including work with music, handcrafts, and the famed Giant Puppets of Mozambique. Through the KidZone, children of all ages have an opportunity to experience the brilliance of MTN BUSHFIRE!


There are a variety of accommodation options for this year’s festival; in looking for something truly multicultural, unique, equipped, secure, and within walking distance from the festival, look no further than the Bushfire Campsites. The three campsites on the festival grounds, set up and managed by All Out Africa, offer the true festival experience, and become epicenters for intercultural mingling and relaxation with friends and family. This year, the campsites feature a new breakfast café with delectable, hot food, as well as hot showers, drinking taps, and proper toilets (for those unnerved by the prospect of sleeping outside). Camping also makes MTN BUSHFIRE more accessible than ever – indeed, there is no need to waste money or time on transport, and it’s a mere 120 second walk to the action of the festival.


To fully utilize these fantastic spaces, remember:

-          MTN BUSHFIRE takes place from the 25 – 27 May, 2012 at House on Fire in Malkerns, Swaziland.

-          Tickets can be purchased online at www.bushfire.co.sz or at 5 convenient MTN Service Centres in Simunye, Manzini, Matsapha, Mbabane, and the Gables. Pre-sale ticket prices range from E150-E200 (for single day General Admission), E350-E400 (for single day Golden Lounge Admission), E400 for full festival General Admission, and E650 for full festival Golden Lounge Admission.

-          Bookings for camping are open through All Out Africa, but space is limited and going fast! Call +268 2528 2192 or email tours@alloutafrica.com to grab a space at the campsite. 

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