Zinda is the new festival

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 25-Jan-2018

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The new Zinda festival will put the spotlight on Bendigo’s multicultural community.
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THE Bendigo Festival of Cultures returns this year, but with a new name.

The multicultural event will now be called Zinda – which means alive or lively in five different languages – Urdu, Dari, Farsi, Bengali and Hindi. 

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive officer  Kate McInnes said the name change comes after a review. 

“It is a truly multicultural name for this multicultural festival,” she said

“Along with the name change, we have adjusted the format of the festival. Zinda-night in the park will now be the main event: a free, family friendly night out in Rosalind Park including multicultural music, food trucks and kids activities.

“It will be a night for all of Bendigo to come together, share and enjoy the many cultures that make Bendigo a great place to live.”

LCMS president Abhishek Awasthi said the new Zinda festival will be a real opportunity for everyone to experience Bendigo’s cultural diversity. 

State MP Maree Edwards, mayor Margaret O’Rourke, Mr Awasthi and Ms McInnes will speak at the event. 

The event will include Sri Lankan dance, Indian drumming, Solomon Islander music and Ethiopian cuisine. 

Ms Edwards said the festival of cultures had become an important event, and the name change reflected the many cultures involved. 

“This is such an important and exciting way to celebrate the diversity and inclusiveness of Bendigo’s community, and I’m proud that the state government is able to support the festival,” she said.

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