LODDON Campaspe Multicultural Services has apologised to patrons who were planning to head along to the 2020 Zinda Festival.
The organisation cancelled the event on Friday due to concerns around COVID-19.
Multicultural Services chief executive Kate McInnes said the organisation wanted to be proactive with its decision, as there would have been groups coming to Bendigo from all around the state.
"There are so many communities involved," she said. "It's a real partnership effort so we did need to make the call earlier so everyone was aware of what was happening."
Ms McInnes said the organisation was yet to decide if the event would be rescheduled to a later date.
"There will be lots of internal discussions," she said. "At this stage, we're just ensuring all our partners are informed and aware of what's happening."
THE 2020 Zinda Festival has been cancelled because of growing concerns around COVID-19.
The news broke via the festival's Facebook page on Friday afternoon.
"With a heavy heart, we are cancelling ZINDA festival due to COVID-19 concerns," the post said.
"The health and safety of our communities is paramount and we apologise for the inconvenience caused.
"Stay safe and look after yourselves."
The festival, which celebrates cultural diversity in the region, was scheduled to take place at Rosalind Park on Saturday.
A number of other Bendigo events have been cancelled on Friday due to the coronavirus.
More to come.
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