MTN Bushfire stages first digital African festival on multiple stages

The first-ever MTN Bushfire #KeepTheFireBurning Digital Festival was truly unforgettable and incredibly inspiring!  The Bushfire digital festival was the first festival in Africa  to stream multiple stages accompanied by social Zoom rooms.

Thank you, Fire Starters – artists, performers, partners, and most importantly all our viewers – for making this event special by joining in, dancing, donating and bringing your fire!

This digital celebration of diversity was a powerful reflection of the spirit of inclusion and connectedness that MTN Bushfire is synonymous with. Over 5,000 Fire Starters from 63 countries gathered around this virtual flame  online and over 130,000 via Eswatini TV, immersing themselves in our authentically African and globally-infused programme, and engaging with each other.

Using the power of the arts to keep hope alive and celebrate our diversity, the #KeepTheFireBurning Digital Festival brought together artists and fans of the festival from across Africa and as far afield as China, Germany, Colombia, Norway, the UK and the USA, amongst other countries.

Inspired by the festival’s #BRINGYOURFIRE call to action for positive change, the #KeepTheFireBurning live-cast was part of MTN Bushfire’s COVID-19 response to support our beneficiaries, Young Heroes and boMake Rural Projects.

A special thank you goes out to all of those who made a donation. Together, we helped to raise over R100,000!

100% of your contributions will assist Young Heroes and boMake Rural Projects assemble and distribute Emergency Homecare Kits to orphaned and vulnerable children, and women in the rural communities in Eswatini.

These Emergency Homecare Kits consist of food, face masks, hygiene products and medical supplies. These will enable families to maintain their basic needs, meet stipulated health standards, and allow them to #StayAtHome and #StaySafe.

You can still #ShareYourFire if you didn’t manage to make a donation before and during the digital festival. Donations are still welcome until 16 June, 2020. We would like to encourage anyone who can, to donate via this link:


A first of its kind for an online festival, this immersive two-way virtual experience saw guests dancing, connecting and interacting in our themed Zoom rooms, in essence recreating the unique atmosphere of the MTN Bushfire festival that keeps Fire Starters from around the world coming back year after year. Fire Starters were able to enjoy a diversity of performances in five different streams: the Main Stage, House On Fire stage, Firefly stage, the KidZone and the Bring Your Fire Zone.

Stay tuned to our website www.bush-fire.com and follow us on our social media pages @MTNBushfire for more updates in the months to come as we plan to welcome you all back in person in Eswatini from May 28th – 30th 2021.


The postponement of the 14th Edition of the MTN Bushfire festival has greatly affected our beneficiaries’ ability to keep their doors open and continue serving the Eswatini communities at a time when it is needed the most.

With the daily increase in COVID-19 cases in the Kingdom of Eswatini, the threat on our health and livelihoods puts those with already compromised immune systems and inadequate access to potable running water and sanitation facilities at an even higher risk.

About 90 per cent of the families supported by Young Heroes are cared for by elderly women who have no source of income. Their needs have been further stretched by the closing of schools, where feeding schemes give the children a meal or two each day. 

BoMake empowers nearly 800 rural woman artisans, subsequently benefiting their families and their communities. The pandemic has caused a collapse in their traditional sources of income and has put their families at risk.

Our donation target is firstly to support MTN Bushfire’s neighbours in the Lobamba Lomdzala Constituency, where the festival is held. Both BoMake and Young Heroes operate nation-wide, so any further support will be used to extend their impact across the country. Last year, we raised R330,000 for our beneficiaries and we hope that this event will ensure that in 2020, with your support, we are able to continue to support these organisations when they need it most.

Check out the amazing work that these organisations are doing: www.bomake.org and www.youngheroes.org.sz

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