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Festival Frames #3 - Catch the Rain

Catch the Rain was taken at Bushfire, Swaziland's premier music and arts festival, which tends to take place over a Friday, Saturday, Sunday in late May / early June (in 2017 it will be 26 to 28 May). Focussing originally on African music, Bushfire has been going for around 10 years now. As the festival has grown the World Music component has increased, as has the quantity of more popular South African groups.

The shot comes from a theatrical production on one of the smaller stages - the performer's name eludes me - he is a South African now based in Australia.

In terms of visiting the festival - Swaziland is a great place to live in and a great place to visit. Bushfire is getting more and more popular - with a growing influx of, especially South african and Mozambican visitors - but in my travels in Southern africa in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe I have had conversations with people who were definitely coming. Tickets tend to sell out a couple of weeks prior to the festival with a crowd of around 20 000 with a very multi-national and multi-ethnic makeup.

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