MTN Bushfire 2018 promotes inclusion of LGBTI community
THIS year’s MTN Bushfire will host activities aimed at promoting equality and inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community.
The festival has been slated for May 25- 27.
MTN Bushfire Communications Officer Noncedo Dlamini yesterday, said, MTN Bushfire, in partnership with The Rock of Hope would present a host of activities aimed at promoting equality and inclusion.
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people experience significant social discrimination in many places.
“The consequence of these social and structural factors is that many members of the LGBTI community are unable to lead a dignified life, have a family and contribute to society.
“The long-term vision is for all people to enjoy equal recognition before the law and social inclusion within society,” said Dlamini.
According to Dlamini, the MTN Bushfire Rainbow Fire Stall activation seeks to raise visibility of the LGBTI community with the hope of spreading the fire of acceptance within the communities in which they reside.
“The Rock of Hope is an advocacy organisation that partners with other foundations, locally and internationally and working on a number of initiatives in the Kingdom of Eswatini to promote equality and acceptance,” Dlamini added.
Dlamini said the MTN Buhsfire Rainbow Fire stall would see a performance from Staceyann Chin, multiple award-winning poet and performer.
Chin is the winner of the 2013 American Heritage Award from American Immigration Council, and the 2016 Planned Parenthood Excellence in Media award, Chin is also a 2017 LGBTQ Humanist Award recipient.
She unapologetically identified as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.
“This year, a range of themes will be featured at the festival, including environmental sustainability, education, cultural development, human rights, equality for LGBTI people, gender issues, as well as sexual and reproductive health and freedom,” she said.
MTN Bushfire has also been hailed by CNN as one of the ‘seven African music festivals you really have to see’ and listed by BBC as a ‘Top African Festival’.
MTN Bushfire is a uniquely African, and yet globally infused, festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of tolerance and has passionate commitment to music, the arts, and the environment.