Jiggs Thorne


Jiggs Thorne is a performance poet, artist, and visionary art and festival director with a strong pedigree of creating, developing, and promoting African arts and culture. Jiggs is  the founder and creator of House on Fire, the instigator and Director of The MTN Bushfire Festival,  founder and Director of the Standard Bank Luju Food and Lifestyle Festival, as well as  the founding member of IGODA, a Southern African Music Festival Circuit.

House on Fire, a truly unique performance arena in the Kingdom of Eswatini, has been lauded as “one of the most eclectic venues in the world,” while the annual MTN Bushfire Festival is an internationally known and respected festival of the arts built on pillars of inclusivity, tolerance, sustainability, and diversity. 

The MTN Bushfire Festival, (recognized by the BBC as “Africa’s Top Festival”) is well into its second decade and attracts an audience of over 30,000 visitors from around the world. The festival is a reflection of Jiggs’ artistic and social development vision and features three days of performances and activations built around a call to social action entitled, #BringYourFire. 

Through his diverse creative work, and as a leading Festival Director, Jiggs has had a major impact on the artistic landscape of the Southern African region and beyond.  Jiggs will continue to develop creative platforms of expression that provide meeting points of culture and that aid in collaborative processes that address the challenges facing us all, from local to global communities.  

Profile ajoutée par Claire Metais le 27 aoû 2021