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As part of the celebrations, over 1000 performers representing more than 56 ethnic and language groups from all over the south of Ethiopia (see below) perform in Arba Minch. Many come from very remote areas. This three day event attracts well over 50,000 visitors.
This unique Festival has quickly become one of Africa's most renowned celebrations of cultural diversity.
Bana boys near Key Afar block the road in the hope that passing tourists will give them a few coins for a photograph