Welcome message from Maitisong Director Tefo Paya:

#MF18BW – 12 – 22 April

Maitisong Festival 2018 is scheduled for April 12th – 22nd 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. 


This year’s festival will also include workshops that focus on mentoring, training and inspiring the youth. Future potential is realised through what we do today. So please show your support by attending and engaging with the various artists who will be showcasing their work


For more information on Festival shows, please click here.



The Maitisong Festival experience is unique, entertaining, engaging and we guarantee it will have an everlasting impact on your life.


In its 32nd 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. We look forward to celebrating another year of arts promotion, raising the professional bar in the arts, launching careers and connecting Botswana artists with their international counterparts.


For this year’s festival, the theme is Lore lo Ojwa lo Sale Metsi. We will look at nurturing our growing creative arts industry and playing our part in helping it fulfil its potential. Our focus is on supporting young, local artists through the festival by providing them with a platform to showcase their talents and abilities. The creative arts industry can be a viable and major contributor towards our economy. However, we first have to support young local artists to become major players within the industry.


Over fifty different shows and workshops covering different genres: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film, poetry and comedy. We have something for everyone! Get involved; bring a youth. If you are a youth, bring yourself and others. If you can’t bring or attend, feel free to sponsor a youth! Play your part and support.




Maru-a-Pula School and Maitisong remain the home of the Festival and will host the opening and closing nights. The uniqueness of all Festival venues provides flexibility, easy access and convenience. This year, the Festival will be held at Thapong, Maru-a-Pula Moving Space and Maitisong theatre.




We offer packages to suit everyone’s pocket. Students (with valid student cards), pensioners, young professionals, and mature art lovers have a chance to save with special venue packages. Additionally, any block bookings of 10 tickets will receive discounted rates.


For more information contact (+267) 397 1809  (general enquiries) or (+267) 391 2953 ext 259 (media enquiries). Email: secretary@maitisong.org / director@maitisong.org (general enquiries)  or info@maitisong.org (media enquiries)

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