Hyderabad, the major IT hub and a foremost Centre of culture across India, witnesses several joyous and vibrant festivals throughout the year. The royal city encourages not just educational and commercial advancement but also pay a great deal of attention on giving a boost to the cultural aspects of the city by arranging interesting food, film and music festivals. There are several noteworthy festivals that help to portray the city’s love for the amalgamation of traditional and contemporary culture. The most popularly liked annual festivals hosted in the city enlist Hyderabad Art Festival, Hyderabad Heritage Festival and Deccan Festival.
Hyderabad has been an ideal venue for hosting several international film festivals like the Hyderabad International Film Festival, the International Children's Film Festival etc. Hyderabad Bengali Film Festival showcases the best of both the Telugu and Bengali film industry creations that makes the city people indulge in the cinematic extravaganza. The city itself is home to the Tollywood- Telugu film industry. Upcoming Hyderabad film festivals includes International Kids Film Festival, All Lights India International Film Festival, Starlight Film Festival etc. Hyderabad also shelters the Ramoji Film City, the largest film studio globally.
Hyderabadi cuisine is marked with a wider repertoire of wheat, rice, and meat dishes accompanied by the skilled use of diverse spice. Food festivals in Hyderabad aim at keeping up with the gastronomical cravings of the people based in the city. In October, Telangana food festival with its rich authentic-flavoured traditional and modern cuisine offerings impresses the food lovers in the royal city. Alluring Arabian Night at Mercure KCP Hyderabad, For the love for Food (FLF) at Financial District, The Big Turkey Sale, the Great Hyderabad Bake Show etc. are among a few remarkable food festivals in this royal city. Food Fests here offer a diverse range of local street food.
Under the patronage of the Nizams and the Mughals, several artists and men of letters started arriving from different parts of the world and made the city their home. A remarkable trend evolved among the nobility back then to associate with courtesans who were the very personification of culture and etiquette. They were appointed to give lessons on dance and singing to aristocrat kids that eventually gave rise to a distinct style of court music. Qawwali, Marfa music, dholak ke geet are organized at festivals and other celebrations. The Taramati Music Festival, Golconda Music and Dance Festival, and the Premavathi Dance Festival are a few significant state-organized music festivals. Plus, people here are open to experimentation with diverse genres of music. It is a popular destination for Electronic Dance Music. A few noteworthy Hyderabad music festivals include DJ Tay James at TOT, Root Folkways in Hyderabad at Taramati Baradari, and Weekend DJ Event Hyderabad at Ramoji Film City, Kumbhmela Festival - Phanatic Hyderabad at Jubilee Hills etc.