This year there was the 12th edition of the annual Bushfire festival at House on Fire, Malkerns in Swaziland. Hundreds and thousands of people came from all around the continent as well as Europe to participate in this grand festival. Many musical performances as well as theater peformances were held to entertain the audeience. In addition, various types of delicious food and beverages were served.
There were numerous performances varying from singers to actors and storytellers from all over the globe. There were also market and merchandise areas full of people buying souvenirs to create memories of bushfire and Swaziland. One of the most loved aspects of Bushfire were the various types of food from different countries such as Ethopia, Swaziland, China, India, America and Mozambique. The price of the food did not deter the crowds from buying the tasty food. This year's Bushfire was also special for Waterford as it was the first time the IB1 theater class performed since Waterford's drama teacher, Mr. Ben Clark, took over. The piece was written by one of the IB1 theater students to promote one of our UWC values, the respect for the environment and sustainability.
This year's Bushfire has been such a successful event as usual with the continuously large crowd who came with great interest and support. A noticable number of attendees were Waterford alumni, who even though many of them no longer live in Swaziland, continue to come back for this festival annually. I hope that Bushfire continues to be a success so that it can provide alumni with many more memories.
Jin A Lee, South Korea (IB1)