THE Zinda Festival will be back in Bendigo next month.

The festival is a week-long celebration of the multicultural music, food and art that make Bendigo a great place to live.

Presented by Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services, the festival was launched last year to great acclaim.

The main event, Zinda Night in the Park, was Bendigo’s biggest every multicultural event, attracting more than 4000 attendees.

“The response to last year’s Zinda Festival really blew us away,” executive officer, Kate McInnes said.

“It wasn’t just the number of people who attended, but the positive feedback, both from those who have called Bendigo their home all their lives and those who have arrived in Australia as migrants or refugees. This year we will be building on that success to create an even bigger and better experience.”

This year Zinda will run from March 15 to March 24 to coincide with Cultural Diversity Week.

Zinda means alive and lively in six different languages – Dari, Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Hazaraghi and Urdu.

The festival includes a number of events focused on music, dance, food and visual arts as well as workshops exploring themes of cultural diversity.

The main event is Zinda Night in the Park held on Saturday, March 16 from 5pm to 9pm in Rosalind Park.

To find out more, go to www.zinda.org.au.