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Spoleto Festival USA is one of the premier arts festivals in the world.  

Spoleto Festival USA began in 1977 when Gian Carlo Menotti, the Pulitzer Prize-winning operatic composer, decided to create an American companion to the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) in Spoleto, Italy. 

He looked all over America and chose Charleston.  Here's why: “It’s intimate, so you can walk from one theatre to the next.  It has Old World charm in architecture and gardens.  Yet it’s a community big enough to support the large number of visitors to the festival.”

Spoleto Festival USA has grown exponentially in size and influence in the decades ever since.

For 17 days each year, at the end of May through the beginning of June, the arts take over Charleston.  World-class performances of music, theater, dance and opera abound, all across the historic downtown peninsula and beyond.  Venues include the newly redesigned Gaillard Center, as well as theaters, churches, historic sites and outdoor spaces.

Some Spoleto Stats from a recent festival:

  • Over 60,000 audience members;
  • Nearly 300 artists performing;
  • More than 10 world and U.S. premieres;
  • 120 performances.

Dates for Spoleto 2024 were Friday, May 24th through Sunday, June 9th.  Likely dates for 2025 are Friday, May 23rd through Sunday, June 8th.  Check back closer to the festival for the lastest info.

Tickets often sell out quickly.  Check the website for the full schedule and ticket availability.

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