23 Mar Enjoy Spoleto Festival USA on Us!
For 17 days and nights each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned and emerging artists in opera, theater, dance, and music. Now approaching its 43rd season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.
This year’s festival runs from May 24 – June 9, and when you stay with us, you can enjoy complimentary tickets to one of the many incredible performances.
How did Charleston become the location for this world-renowned arts festival? Spoleto Festival USA’s mission and history make it clear why our city was the best choice for such a celebration.
Spoleto Festival USA Mission
Spoleto Festival’s mission is to present programs of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to young artists, a commitment to all forms of the performing arts, a passion for contemporary innovation, and an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities for established artists. This focus has brought the Festival international acclaim year after year. Contributing to the Festival’s ongoing success is its location in Charleston. Recognized the world over for its stunning natural beauty, impressive array of preserved historical architecture, and wealth of charming performance venues, Charleston provides an incomparable setting for audience members and guest artists alike.
Spoleto Festival USA History
Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene, and others who sought to create an American counterpart to their annual Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Looking for a city that would provide the charm of Spoleto as well as its wealth of theaters, churches, and other performances spaces, they selected Charleston as the ideal location. The historic city provided a perfect fit: Intimate enough that the Festival would captivate the entire city, yet cosmopolitan enough to provide an enthusiastic audience and robust infrastructure.
During the same time as Spoleto Festival USA is its sister festival Piccolo Spoleto. A celebration of established and emerging artists as well, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival presents a varied program throughout Charleston that includes visual arts exhibitions, performances of classical music, jazz, dance, theater, and choral music, as well as cultural events and community celebrations, poetry readings, children’s activities, craft shows, and film screenings.
Piccolo Spoleto prioritizes accessibility for both artists and performers, presenting professional work of the highest standard, while ensuring that the majority of Piccolo Spoleto’s events are admission-free with the rest offered at affordable ticket prices.
Both festivals provide locals and visitors alike a stunning array of programs for folks of all ages and interests. And these 17 days are like to other in Charleston: The city is buzzing with celebration with another opportunity to enjoy the arts around every corner.
Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto are yet another reason why Charleston has been named #1 City in the World (Travel + Leisure). And in the spirit of celebration, we want you to enjoy Spoleto Festival USA on us.
When you stay anytime between May 24 – June 9, we will provide you complimentary tickets to one of many Spoleto performances.
*Post adapted from Spoleto Festival USA’s and Piccolo Spoleto’s websites.