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Internationally renowned actor, Richard E Grant will attend this year’s annual Bushfire Arts & Music Festival, which takes place in his home country of Swaziland 25 – 27 May 2012.

Grant, known world wide as the star of films such as Withnail and I and Gosford Park, was born and raised in Swaziland. He wrote and directed Wah-Wah, a story based on his childhood and the first feature film to be shot in the country. Grant will be performing personally this year, and here he comments on why Swaziland and the festival are so close to his heart.

Richard E Grant Swaziland Bushfire festival


Q: Do you still feel a connection to Swaziland?

A: It’s where I was born and brought up, so like a swallow, I fly back every year.

Q: Favourite thing about Swaziland?

A: My friends, Sibebe Rock [the ancient granite dome near Mbabane], swimming in the Umbeluzi and the spirit of the country.

Q: Tell us your thoughts on the festival’s social message.

A: Nothing lifts your spirits higher than experiencing live music together with other people. Music and drama feed the soul and imagination like nothing else. Bushfire aims to spread the message like wildfire.

Q: What is your interest in being a patron of the festival?

A: Hoping that I can give something back to Swaziland that has given me so much.

Q: Bushfire is unique because…

A: Founders Jiggs and Sholto Thorne are the sons of my late, great friend Jenny, who inspired enormous loyalty and did things her way. Her spirit of adventure and creativity are alive and well in her sons, who have created the House on Fire venue – the creative heart and hearth of Swaziland…it warms your soul and attracts people from far and wide.


Bushfire brings together a diverse audience of over 20,000 people for three days to celebrate an eclectic mix of music, theatre, poetry, film, circus, dance and visual arts. The festival takes place at House on Fire, an arts and performance arena set against a magnificent landscape in the heart of the Ezulwini valley. The theme for 2012 is ‘the art of self discovery’.

The festival is committed to inspiring and sustaining the cultural scene in Swaziland, as well as developing communities socially and economically through the arts. Each year 100% of its profits are donated to NGO Young Heroes, an organisation that supports some of the 120,000 orphans living in Swaziland.

Find out more on the Bushfire website, the House on Fire website or Bushfire on Facebook

For further information on Swaziland contact Swaziland tourism, email:



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I’m Holly - born and raised in the rural British Counties, my mother began life on a sugar farm in Zululand. After reading Anthropology at university in London, working for a political activist filmmaker in India, and doing a short stint under the bright lights of Bollywood – I decided it was time to return to the motherland. To earn a crust in the name of wanderlust, I finished up a post grad in media and hotfooted around South Africa as a freelance travel journalist.