House On Fire

"Temperature of the Cultural Kind"
Performance Venues & Arena - Eventing Specialists - Studio Gallery

Welcome to House on Fire

Lauded as one of the most eclectic entertainment venues in the world, House On Fire is a fantastical playground of imagination which captivates and inspires. Vast differences of architectural and artistic styles connect in harmony, reinforcing the underlying theme of cultural meeting points. This flexible space allows for large-scale performances, customised events and intimate gatherings.

Highly experienced, well trained staff and our in-house graphic and venue design services ensure excellent project management of an extremely high calibre either in House on Fire or at the venue of your choosing.

If the artistic ambience of House on Fire lights up your soul, our in-house design studio creates pieces of art allowing aficionados to take a piece of the fire home.

House On Fire was founded by brothers Jiggs and Sholto Thorne in 2000. Both possessing a passionate love of art and music, the Thornes decided to create a space to grow and develop the arts in Swaziland. Thus began the initial conceptualisation of House on Fire.

Inspired by unique outsider creation environments, the likes of the Owl House in Neiu Bethesda and the Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India, House On Fire is embellished with symbols and icons from around the world highlighting the ideology of harmony in contrast.

The initial theatre space was designed in collaboration with architect Sarah Calburn. Since then it has evolved into a multi-functional and expanding creative space. Many talented artisans and crafters from across the Kingdom have added their magic and contributed to the continuous evolution that have become House On Fire, Malandela’s and the surrounding gardens and outside areas. Artist of note, Noah Mduli, has been a significant contributor to the soap stone sculptures inside the theatre and beyond into the gardens.

The brothers' combined business talents have seen the venue evolve and thrive. Visionary art and programme direction combined with outstanding technical and logistical planning has been the key to House On Fire’s running success.

House On Fire and the talented House on Fire eventing team host exceptional functions, promotions and and celebrations both onsite and off. Some of our recent notable clients include:

  • Big Game Parks – 50th Birthday Celebration - At Mlilwane 1000pax, setup, sound, catering services
  • Conco – In-house and Offsite hiring 350pax - Year End Functions
  • Inyatsi – In-house - Year End Function (4 years running) - 400pax
  • Stefanutti Stocks – Activations / Year End Functions (4 years running) - 200pax
  • Swaziland Beverages – In-house and Offsite Shows / Activations
  • Swazi Rally – 4 years running all areas - 5000pax

Over the years, House On Fire has established itself as Swaziland’s leading performance arts venue having hosting a multitude of global artists including Hugh Masekela, Lady Smith Black Mambazo, soul singer Joss Stone and South African favorites, Freshlyground. Habib Koite, Dobet Gnahore, Busi Mhlongo (late), Bomba Estereo and Blitz the Ambassador have also graced our stage.

In addition to our individual performance line ups, we have hosted several series events such The Live on the Lawn Series, a quarterly programme featuring top regional performances and are currently hosting The Total Gold Series, a series of 3 events catering for a more mature audience.

In keeping with our mandate for supporting the growth and development of the arts in Swaziland, we are currently running the Sibebe Friday Night Live Series. Conceptualized in 2010 by House On Fire in association with Swaziland Beverages, Sibebe Friday Night Live is Swaziland’s premier talent showcase featuring live music, dance, poetry, DJ’s, interactive arts & fashion from within Swaziland.

This ongoing event has, over the last 5 years, introduced over 70 Swazi acts to the House On Fire stage as well as attracting over 12, 000 attendees to share in this home-grown artistic platform. Previous performers on the Sibebe Friday Night Live stage include a long list of recognized Swazi household names such as: Bholoja, Sinqaba, KrTC, Nomzamo, Nomalungelo, Flowe, Masikane, Qibho & Sands, Velemseni, Nomsa M, Amanda Mo, Pelepele, and many more.

Many of our Sibebe Friday Night Live performers have found their way to the stage at the annual MTN Bushfire International Festival of the Arts. House on Fire's crowning performance achievement, Bushfire, now in it's 11th year, draws crowds of over 20,000 for 3 days of multi-layered performance, displays and dialogue.

House On Fire celebrates the joy of bringing a diversity of people together, harmonizing with the philosophy of the venue itself.
We create your event, within House on Fire or at the venue of your choosing, to fullfill your vision and deliver unforgettable event experiences.
Jiggs Thorne Creative Direction
Sholto Thorne Production and Admin
Althea friedman Events Manager
Bongani Dlamini Sales & Marketing Manager
Ronnie Ndzimandze Head of Production
Emmanuel Dladla Head of Accounts
Noncedo Dlamini Communications Officer
Thando Dlamini Marketing Assistant

Located in Ezulwini Valley, a short distance from the Festival, our lead partner The Happy Valley Hotel has a Mediterranean feel with sumptuous gardens and enjoys superb weather all year round. The hotel has an assortment of various room configurations from garden rooms to luxury suites and boasts world class facilities such as a casino, a restaurant, a bar and a swimming pool. To check availability and book, please visit

Computronics Systems (PTY) LTD prides itself on putting the customer first. They offer a wide variety of products and solutions that cater both for business and home users. Computronics Systems is committed to partnering with the Swazi business community as well as spending time assisting charities both physically and financially as they strongly believe in ongoing community involvement. For all of your information technology needs, visit

Swaziland’s largest single supplier of all different branding medium and products, Branding Design & Embroidery Specialists have enjoyed an excellent relationship with House on Fire for well over a decade. Offering a wide range of services and products they have the experience and understanding to advise you regarding your promotional needs and options. If you need it branded, custom made or designed, we highly recommend them! For all your branding needs,

Functions & Weddings


House on Fire’s interconnecting venues each offer their own unique experiences. Discuss the use of multiple spaces to enhance the various stages of your event with the House on Fire eventing team.


Your special day deserves a venue as excitingly unique as your new partnership! Catering for large or small ceremonies we offer an array of choices to suit your celebration whether intimate or open to the masses.


Celebrated as one of the finest, most original performance venues on the subcontinent, House on Fire offers an eclectic year round entertainment programme featuring an array of music, theatre, dance and poetry attracting top performers both regionally and globally.

Taste of Swaziland


Taste of Swaziland

‘Taste of Swaziland’ is a celebration of food in the Kingdom comprised of full day event for the whole family to enjoy exquisite food, good fun and each other’s company. It is an opportunity for food related businesses to showcase their products in the stimulating and beautiful surroundings of rural Swaziland at House on Fire. The day will be flavoured with a varied selection of food stalls with sample tasting catering for all tastes, spiced up with cooking performances, chefs sharing their culinary secrets, musical entertainment, children’s activities and selected handicrafts as well as ‘Best of…’ competitions. This is a rare and unique opportunity to gather together food related businesses and people of Swaziland to enjoy our wonderful cuisine. We are attracting restaurants, bistros, and delicatessens from all over the country to join us in this wonderful display of foods to be enjoyed by everyone. This annual event is entirely organised by the Rotary Club of Malkerns Valley in support of its efforts to provide for our mentorship programme for adolescents and youth born with HIV, struggling with the problem of adherence with the myriads of psychosocial problems associated with handling of their situation.
  • New to 2017
  • Live Music
  • Wine & WhiskeyTasting
  • Fun activities for children
  • Outdoor Venue
  • Live Challenges
  • Artisanal Products
  • Farmers Market
  • Craft Beer

  • Enterance 60 SZL

    Children under 12 enter free of charge

    Gates Open at 11:00am
    For more information, contact: / +268 2528 3170
    Wonderland 2017


    Sibebe Friday Night Live Grand Finale

    The end of season is upon us and brings the unveiling of the champions of Sibebe Friday Night Live, season 6. After three shows of impeccable showcase, , the finale sees yet another celebration of artistic excellence featuring the winning acts from the 3 shows of SFNL – 80 Script, Flameboy Universe and Shepard Brothers.
    The finale will see the winners of the series perform one last time before ultimately taking the MTN Bushfire 2017 stage.

    Tickets 80 SZL
    Tickets available at the door
    Doors Open 21:00
    For more information contact: Thando Dlamini / +268 2528 2040
    MTN Bushfire Festival


    MTN Bushfire Festival

    Recently announced by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, Bushfire is a celebration of all aspects of creative expression as well as a platform promoting social responsibility, which draws talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world. This three-day event, renowned for eclectic and multi-dimensional programming rooted in world music, boasts a compelling line-up of theatre, poetry, dance, art exhibits & installations, story telling, puppetry, film, and themed workshops. The Festival also features a vibrant handcraft market, family-friendly performances and a dedicated programme in the KidZone.
    For more information, please visit


    As one of Swaziland’s leading Events Management Companies, we pride ourselves on hosting exceptionally well run, seamless events with outstanding performance and unrivalled creativity. Our highly experienced team will be delighted to manage your event at the venue of your choosing. Boasting a large in-house stock of equipment for all aspects of entertaining, we provide smooth, cost effective event execution with professionalism, dedication and attention to detail. Our relationships with other service providers within the industry allow us to cater for ALL aspects of event management with extensive options to suit our clients needs. Tell us what you would like and leave the details to us!


    We offer a comprehensive range of eventing services and understand the organizational requirements of events of all sizes.

    • Event Management and Conceptualization
    • Security, Systems and Controls
    • Marketing & Communications Services
    • Graphic Design & Branding Solutions
    • Artist Sourcing & Management (including work permits, tax, transport & accommodation)
    • Photographic Services
    • Full Catering Services


    Hosting a full complement of Eventing equipment and solutions, we can provide all you require for your event with unique elegance and style.

    • Portable Venue Options
      (Tents & Marquis)
    • Equipment Hire
      (Tables, Chairs, Podiums etc)
    • Professional Sound & Lighting Solutions
    • Stage, Dance Floor and Flooring Solutions
    • Décor Options
    • Full Service and specialized Catering Equipment

    Our Eventing Staff

    Highly skilled and well trained, our teams know what they are doing to make your event happen in style.

    • Professional Promotions Staffing
    • Catering Teams
    • Bar Staffing
    • Security Staffing


    House On Fire studio artwork begins with a vision, a story that needs to be told, a feeling that finds its expression through the grain of the wood or the mark of a chisel. Often humorous or tranquil, loud or questioning, the process and final product display an inseparability of myth and reality that is reflected in the surrounding spaces and events. Of particular importance to the works is the sensitive use of locally sourced materials. Wooden pieces are made from invasive trees, and soapstone is quarried from the highveld of Swaziland, where it lies in abundance.
    For more information or to discuss current works, please contact Jiggs at

    Lego Love

    Lego Love



    If the Shoe Fits...

    If the Shoe Fits...

    Sista Sofa

    Sista Sofa

    Feather Boa

    Feather Boa

    Election Circus

    Election Circus

    Turn on the Light

    Turn on the Light

    Still Life with Eve

    Still Life with Eve


    A short walk from House on Fire through beautiful indigenous gardens, Malandela's B & B offers a variety of en-suite accommodation. Each room has a unique style with attention to structural and interior detail. The look is Afro Chic and the décor is a fusion of contemporary simplicity and natural or upcycled materials. Guests have swimming pool access and are treated to a delicious breakfast.
    For more information and booking contact

    Adjacent to House on Fire, you will find a number of world class handcraft shops, a farmhouse restaurant & pub with sweeping views of the Malkerns Valley and the All Out Internet Café with a tourist information centre to help you with regional bookings and provide guests with extensive local knowledge and recommendations on activities. The restaurant faces the fabulous garden sculptures adjacent to the House on Fire Performance Venue and Sculpture Gallery.


    House on Fire is 23km from the capital city, Mbabane, and is a short 14km from Ezulwini Valley. GPS coordinates- Elevation 756m – S 26’ 29.881  E031’ 13.110.

    Driving Directions

    • Turn to Amsterdam after Carolina Railway
    • Enter Swaziland through Oshoek borderpost and stay on the highway past Mbabane and down the Malagwane hill taking the first off-ramp to Ezulwini and the MR103.
    • Drive through Ezulwini for +-15km and turn right at Mahlanya Market.
    • 1 km further on you will find House on Fire.
    Please note* – If you are coming from JHB please input your desired border post as a waypoint – otherwise you may end up taking the long way round and find a closed border post.

    • Take the N2 to Golela/Lavumisa borderpost and follow signs to Manzini.
    • Go straight through Manzini onto the highway towards Mbabane.
    • At Matsapha, take the off-ramp (after the airport off-ramp) to the roundabout and take the second turning to Malkerns on the MR103.
    • Travel for +-9km and turn left at Mahlanya Market.
    • We recommend crossing at Goba Border post. Lomahasha is also an opiton.
    • From Goba, follow the signs to Manzini.
    • Go straight through Manzini onto the highway towards Mbabane.
    • At Matsapha, take the off-ramp (after the airport off-ramp) to the roundabout and take the second turning to Malkerns on the MR103.
    • Travel for +-9km and turn left at Mahlanya Market.

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    • Address

      Malkerns Valley, Kingdom of Swaziland

    • Postal Address

      P.O. Box 93, Malkerns, Swaziland

    • Phone

      (+268) 2528 2110

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