Excitement is quickly growing as The Kingdom of Swaziland gears up for its largest music and arts festival of the year, MTN BUSHFIRE 2015. This internationally acclaimed 3 day festival will be taking place between 29 and 31 May 2015 at the House on Fire, in the heart of Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley. Set against the Kingdom’s splendid landscape, MTN Bushfire attracts a diverse array of 20 000 enthusiastic visitors.
Announced this year by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, MTN BUSHFIRE celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.
Festival goers can enjoy 3 days of music, art, personal expression and social activism in a unique festival environment. The MTN BUSHFIRE Super Stage showcases the biggest international and continental artists to an energetic crowd of thousands. The Super Stage opens out onto sprawling lawns & pristine farmland with the breath-taking Mzimba Mountains rising in the background.
The House on Fire is an awe-inspiring performance area with a unique flavour. At its core, is the sunken ‘Afro-Shakespearean Globe Theatre’ that houses a range of performances and events in music, poetry, dance and others. The Ekhaya Stage celebrates the character of Swazi heritage through a colourful showcase of cultural performances, arts & cuisine. This proudly Swazi strand seeks to promote local tourism to the thousands of international visitors who visit this unique festival arena each year.
MTN BUSHFIRE is also an ideal festival for families travelling to Swaziland. MTN BUSHFIRE’s Family Programme features interactive activities that include art, theatre, storytelling, poetry and music. This programme gives families the opportunity to explore their creativity together throughout the festival weekend. In addition, the KIDZONE, a playground within the festival arena, features fairground rides, farm animals and a variety of games. Last but certainly not least, is Swaziland’s Global Food Village. The Global Food Village is a celebration of the Kingdom’s culture through the art of food. Fuel the fire in your belly when you choose from traditional Swazi delights or an array of European and Asian offerings.
If you prefer the rustic side to festivals of this nature, and enjoy camping, then the official MTN BUSHFIRE Campsite just for you. The campsite is set up and managed by All Out Africa and is conveniently located on Malandela’s Farm, 2 minutes walking distance of the festival arena. The festival campsite is located on well serviced, clean and beautiful lawns with plenty of space and 24 hour security. The site has a true festival atmosphere with people from all over the world mingling and sharing in the joys of one of Africa’s finest festivals. Campers can bring their own tent or hire one in the “tent village” and the breakfast café serves delicious food, hot drinks and healthy fruit smoothies from 7am.
For accommodation options elsewhere, only 20 minutes from House on Fire, Royal Villas provides a haven of comfort. Each of the 57 luxury guest rooms are set within 14 carefully designed and furnished with extra comfortable beds, and is fully-equipped with air-conditioning, heated towel rails, mini bars and Wi-Fi. Alternatively, situated 5 kilometres from BUSHFIRE, is Sundowners Backpackers Lodge which offers a range of budget accommodation options, from private rooms and self-catering apartments, to hostel-type dorms and camping sites.