At the 2005 Festival of 1000 Stars at Arba Minch performers from 24 distinct ethnic groups came to entertain the crowds. For many it was the first time they had performed at such a festival to so many people.
List of 2005 performers HERE

In 2006 even more groups wanted to come and over 30 groups travelled from all over southern Ethiopia to perform to a packed stadium.

List of 2006 performers HERE