In addition to the world-class Spoleto Festival USA there’s also Piccolo Spoleto taking place on May 27th – June 12th, 2011. This festival provides access to the cultural festival for every person, especially children, and focuses primarily on artists from the Southeast region. Half of Piccolo’s events are admission-free, and the rest are offered at very modest ticket prices.
Piccolo Spoleto is an addition to the international scope of the Spoleto festival and its 700 events in 17 days. During this time the city of Charleston is transformed into an exhilarating celebration of performing, literary and visual arts.
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.
The 33nd annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the official outreach arm of Spoleto Festival USA, will run May 27 to June 12, 2011. This year’s festival program offers a variety of arts and cultural programs including theatre, blues, jazz, chamber music, early music, dance, literary, visual arts and many free and family-friendly events.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Piccolo Spoleto ticket hotline at (843) 724-7295 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; by fax at (843) 720-3967; or online at www.piccolospoleto.com. The official Piccolo Spoleto box office at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, 180 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; beginning May 22, hours of operation are extended to 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. For a ticket brochure and information on Piccolo Spoleto, call the Office of Cultural Affairs at (843) 724-7305 or visit www.piccolospoleto.com.
Produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs since 1979, Piccolo Spoleto is the official outreach program of Spoleto Festival USA. Piccolo’s mission is to provide access to the Spoleto Festival USA experience for everyone, regardless of their economic, social or physical circumstances and to provide the opportunity for excellent local and regional artists, writers and performers to be showcased in the Piccolo Spoleto Festival venues.
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
c/o City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs
180 Meeting Street, Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 724-7305 phone
(843) 720-3967 fax