Zinda Festival has begun.

The week-long celebration of the multicultural music, food and art kicked off yesterday.

Highlights include a salsa dance workshop, multicultural cooking demonstration, fashion exhibition and the much-anticipated Zinda Night in the Park on Saturday.

The event is in Rosalind Park and includes food trucks, kids activities, dance and music from around the world.

Zinda Festival is an open invitation for all Bendigo residents to experience and enjoy what multicultural Bendigo has to offer.

“The demographics of Bendigo have changed quite rapidly over the past 10 years,” Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services executive officer, Kate McInnes said.

“We have many new communities who now call Bendigo home, such as the Malayalee community from South India or the Hazara community from Afghanistan. Zinda Festival is an opportunity for everyone in Bendigo to come together and have opportunities to enjoy food, music and cultural activities from around the world – opportunities that simply weren’t here 10 years ago.”

This year’s festival is highlighting Karen culture.

Zinda means alive, lively and vibrant in six different languages. To find out more about Zinda festival, go to Zinda.org.au