Avid Batswana fans of the much loved MTN Bushfire Festival will be thrilled to learn that the uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience has added another accolade to its long list that includes winning the African Best Responsible Event Award in 2017, CNN’s “7 African music festivals you really have to see” and listed by BBC as a “Top African Festival.”
Everfest – the USA based festival market platform and club, has just announced MTN Bushfire as one of the top 30 festivals in its exclusive Fest300 list.
Fest300 brings the world’s best festivals to life, in one place for the first time. Compiled by Everfest’s team of seasoned travel and festival experts, this curated list of the world’s best festivals is based on the following criteria:
- Festivals have an ethos of discovery and are about having fun.
- Festivals are multi-dimensional, encourage participation, and offer various types of activities and stimuli.
- Festivals can include anyone with the means to attend. They may charge for admission but should not discriminate by race, age, gender, religion, or otherwise be private clubs.
- Festivals physically occur in the real world. They remind us that there is a human social network where we meet old and new friends.
- Festivals should be celebrations worthy of the test of time. They should recur or intend to recur.
Everfest is a unique platform – a tech company based in the USA that works with premier festival partners and industry insiders, Everfest engages festival fans through Everfest Premium, the world’s first members club for festival enthusiasts featuring exclusive perks, essential gear and expert advice. Everfest is redefining the festival media category, with a reach that spans more than 17,000 festival pages across 12 categories, seven continents and 97 countries.
Everfest has this to say on the inclusion of MTN Bushfire; “We’re very excited to have MTN Bushfire join Everfest’s Fest300 list in 2018! Out of more than 100 global nominees, only 30 would win, and MTN Bushfire, you did it. We loved seeing the Bushfire fans in Swaziland turn out and rally to get the festival in the top 30! MTN Bushfire joins festivals from Canada, Thailand, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, Mexico and Slovakia and more to join Fest300 in 2018. We look forward to the years ahead with MTN Bushfire as a member of Everfest’s global festival family.”
Festival Director Jiggs Thorne expressed his delight at this latest accolade, “We are thrilled to be included in this prestigious list. Our inclusion validates our vision to be an inclusive uniquely African, and yet globally infused festival of the arts. We will continue to push our mandate that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.”
Tickets are already on sale for this year’s MTN Bushfire as well as various travel and accommodation options. Festival guests are strongly encouraged to book early as tickets for the festival sell-out well in advance of the weekend and many accommodation options are also booked well in advance. There are a variety of ticket and accommodation (camping and glamping) options, as well as special VIP and family friendly packages.
MTN Bushfire will take place this year from May 25-27th. Every year, approximately 29,000 guests hailing from 58 different countries converge on the peaceful Malkerns Valley in Swaziland for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond.
More than simply a music festival, MTN Bushfire is a holistic experience made up of a rich texture of arts, cultures, crafts, food markets, and specialized zones that combine to create an explosive three-day event and a memorable take home experience.