You haven’t been to a festival until you’ve been to the MTN Bushfire Festival in eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland), and in 2020 you can attend Bushfire virtually from anywhere in the world!
More than a music and arts festival, Bushfire comes with a call to action for social change. A significant percentage of profits benefit local Swazi organizations focused on health, education, sustainable livelihoods, and environmental issues.
The spirit of Bushfire begins the moment you cross the border into Eswatini. Arriving at immigration feels like you’ve just arrived at a family reunion where even the immigration officers are singing and dancing as they proudly welcome you to their beautiful country. Drive through the winding hills of the Ezulwini Valley, also known as the “the Valley of Heaven”, and you’ll arrive at House of Fire, Bushfire’s magical venue situated against the backdrop of peaceful hills and cane fields.
Here you’ll find multiple music stages with musicians from around Southern Africa and the world. Choosing a music stage may be the hardest part of Bushfire with so many choices, but if you have the chance to see eSwatini’s own Bholoja he’s not to be missed! Meandering through the grounds you’ll come across the marketplace showcasing the Swazi artists such as Tsandza Weaving, Baobab Batiks, and Gone Rural baskets. Stop by one of the food markets for some Black Mamba Chilli – a must while you are in eSwatini!
This beautifully inclusive and multi-generational festival is attended by local Swazi people, festival-goers from the surrounding countries, regional diplomats and their young families, and other international travelers and volunteers. Whether you are looking for an off-the-beaten path family adventure and want to turn in early at the family campground, or you are a global nomad looking to dance til dawn, there’s a place for you at Eswatini’s Bushfire.
With the world in lockdown, the 2020 Bushfire was cancelled, but in its place the community are hosting a FREE #KEEPTHEFIREBURNING digital festival on May 30th 2020! This interactive digital broadcast is your chance to attend this amazing event from your home
Bring Your Fire!
Join the virtual festival in 2020 by clicking the button opposite. After this experience, you’ll want to start planning your trip to eSwatini and next year’s Bushfire. While you are there, plan on immersing in the Swazi culture and join one of our volunteer projects. Check out opportunities to volunteer in Swaziland here: Kaya Swaziland Volunteer Projects.