Musicians from the following tribes: GEDEO, TSEMAI, BIRAYLE, GURAGHE, KARO, BENCH, DAWURO, YAKIMA ASSOCIATION MUSIC GROUP, GAMO GOFA ZONE. Festival Closing Speeches: GAMO ELDERS, TADEASSE WOLDE (PHD), TESFAYE BELJIGE (ZONE ADMINISTRATION, PUBLIC RELATION). About Arba Minch Festival of Music and Dance “it would have taken months of travelling to have seen half of these amazing people” – Dan Harper, VSO worker The Festival of 1000 Stars is organised by the Global Music Exchange and Gughe Music and Arts Association, and is funded by the Christensen Fund. The festival aims to promote the rich cultural diversity of peoples of Southern Ethiopia, and encourage respect and appreciation for their fascinating and varied heritage. It has been growing year on year since 2003. Last year 45,000 came to enjoy the richness of talent and encourage the performers to greater heights. “It felt like the friendliest festival in Africa” – Su Hart The 2008 festival took place on 13th-15th December in the Rift valley, Arba Minch, Ethiopia: one day’s drive from Addis.