Welcome message from Maitisong Director Gao Lemmenyane:

Maitisong Festival 2017 is scheduled for April 3rd – 8th at various venues around Gaborone. As usual, with a varied and exciting line-up of events, the Festival will celebrate brilliant local and international shows to provide an unforgettable experience for all. There will be both free and paid shows to ensure that everyone gets a piece of the action. 



In its 30th year running, the Maitisong Festival is undoubtedly the biggest arts festival in Botswana. International and local artists will bring theatre, music, dance, poetry and comedy to fee-paying audiences in several venues around Gaborone, as well as non-stop music to thousands of revellers in under-privileged areas free of charge. We look forward to celebrating three decades of arts promotion, raising the professional bar in the arts, launching careers and connecting Botswana artists with their international counterparts.

The 2017 theme ‘Enrich’ extends the previous year’s themes of ‘Elevate’, which reflected the need to professionalise the arts by pushing the envelope and setting the bar even higher, and ‘Engage’, which compelled all those involved in the Festival to maintain the standard that was set in 2015, and form collaborations to entertain and critically challenge arts consumers while shifting negative perceptions. 

This year’s theme is a call for artists to familiarise themselves with the business side of the arts industry. As Botswana’s arts industry grows, Maitisong implores the arts community to create wealth for themselves by providing work of value to consumers. 



Artists from far and near join in this rollercoaster week-long extravaganza.  As we consolidate the impressive lineup, we are sure to bring you the best international and local talent. 



We endeavour to bring new sponsors on board every year. We are excited by the level of support that we continue to receive from our regular supporters. Our sincerest gratitude goes to our 2016 sponsors, Gabz FM, US Embassy, Sgotti, Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture, Thapong Visual Arts Centre, Gaborone City Council, Botho University, the British High Commission and the British Council.

Sponsors and partners of the 2017 Maitisong Festival will be announced in due course.



As usual, the shows will take place at multiple venues across Gaborone. Maru-a-Pula School and Maitisong remain the home of the Festival and will host the opening and closing nights. Old Naledi is another exciting venue, where we host a concert for Old Naledi residents and everyone who is looking for great entertainment. We want to shift perceptions about Old Naledi and encourage everyone to join the Festival to experience the warmth of the Old Naledi residents.

The uniqueness of all Festival venues provides flexibility, easy access and convenience.



We offer packages to suit everyone’s pocket. Students (with valid student cards), young professionals, and mature art lovers have a chance to save with special venue packages. Additionally, any block bookings will receive discounted rates.


For more information call +267 391 2953 ext 259, +267 71 355 929, Email: info@maitisong.org

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