The Spoleto Festival USA is an annual arts festival held in Charleston, South Carolina. Established in 1977 by Italian composer Gian Carlo Menotti, the festival aims to provide a platform for both established and emerging artists in various disciplines, including opera, theater, dance, and music. The festival was inspired by the Festival dei Due Mondi (Festival of Two Worlds) held in Spoleto, Italy, and was intended to create a similar celebration of the arts in the United States.

Taking place over two weeks in late spring, the Spoleto Festival USA features an extensive program of performances and events that showcase a diverse array of talent from around the world. The festival’s lineup often includes contemporary and classical music, jazz, dance, opera, and theater productions, as well as visual arts exhibitions and various educational and community outreach programs.

Held in historic Charleston, the festival utilizes various venues throughout the city, including theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces. The combination of world-class performances and the city’s picturesque charm creates a unique cultural experience for both residents and visitors.

In addition to the Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston also hosts a complementary arts festival called Piccolo Spoleto. This festival focuses on local and regional talent, offering a wide variety of performances, exhibitions, and events designed to complement the international scope of its parent festival.

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