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For 17 days each spring, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, South Carolina’s historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral and jazz music. Now approaching its 43rd season (May 24-June 9, 2019), Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival.

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.
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Charleston
Coastal & Islands
14 George ST,
Charleston, SC 29401-1524
(843) 579-3100
Info & Amenities
Location
Charleston, SC
Admission Fee
Yes
Checks Accepted
Yes
Year Event Started
1977
Visa/Master Card
Yes
American Express Card
Yes
Discover Card
Yes
Discounts
Senior, Student, and Group savings