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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 artists as well as emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music.Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto offers 500 events in 17 days. Piccolo Spoleto’s traditional program offerings include visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film.

Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Makes Art and Performances Accessible to a Wide Audience

2017 Piccolo Spoleto poster
Courtesy of City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
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  Piccolo Spoleto prioritizes accessibility for both artists and performers, presenting professional
work of the highest standard, while ensuring that nearly half of Piccolo’s events are admission free,
and the balance are offered at affordable ticket prices.Scott Watson, Director of the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, talks with Jeanette Guinn about the offerings of the 2017 Piccolo Spoleto Festival.