Photo from SpoletoUSA.org
Spoleto USA, which is approaching its 40th season, will open in Charleston May 27th. The 17-day arts festival released a thrilling lineup in January, and you can visit SpoletoUSA.org for a complete list of shows.
Porgy and Bess is among the most highly anticipated performances of Spoleto 2016, and it is already sold out. We sincerely hope to host some lucky guests in May or June who were able to snag tickets! This will be the third time the Gaillard Center has hosted Porgy and Bess. The production, which was written in Charleston in 1934, wasn’t performed here until 1970. It was the Gaillard’s first integrated performance.
Spoleto goers can learn more about this year’s productions through the Spoleto Salon series. Artist talks will take place every Tuesday throughout the festival.
And if critically acclaimed artists from around the nation weren’t enough, there’s more! Every year, Charleston’s office of cultural affairs hosts the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Like Spoleto USA, Piccolo Spoleto is a multimedia arts festival that runs from May 27th-June 12th. The festival focuses on the work of Southeastern artists, many of whom are local, and hundreds of events will take place around town, many of which will be free to attend.
The Piccolo Spoleto calendar of events is scheduled to be released this month.* Visit PiccoloSpoleto.com for updates or to join their email list. The box office opens May 2nd.
Stay in the Heart of Downtown Charleston
The Governor’s House Inn is located in the historic district on Broad Street. Shopping, fine dining, art galleries and other historic attractions are all within walking distance, and we are only a few blocks away from the US Custom House where Spoleto opening night festivities take place. Book online to take advantage of our May Getaway deal, or contact the Innkeeper to customize your stay.
*UPDATE 4/28/16: Piccolo Spoleto has released the 2016 calendar of events.
*UPDATE 5/13/16: Porgy and Bess is completely sold out, but the opening night performance will broadcast live in Marion Square.