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Spoleto Festival USA

Spoleto Festival USA
May 25- June 10

The Spoleto Festival embraces cultural diversity through art exhibits, live music, theater and dance performances, as well as regional and world-class acts. 2007 will be the 31st Annual Spoleto Festival and seems to be attracting more visitors and vendors each year. The festival originated in Spoleto, Italy in 1958 when composer Gian Carlo Menotti, a Pulitzer Prize winner, began the Festival of Two Worlds. The foundation of the event was aimed to celebrate and encourage American artists in Europe. In 1977 Spoleto Festival USA was founded as the counterpart of the Festival of Two Worlds. The city of Charleston was chosen because of its similar historic and cultural charm. Both festivals are committed to young artists and dedicated to all categories of performing arts. Throughout seventeen days of the festival, visitors experience an assortment of music including opera, choral music, jazz, symphony, and contemporary pieces. More than just music, the festival offers cultural performances including classical ballet, post-modern and modern dance, live theater, and contemporary interpretive pieces. Venues for the Spoleto Festival are spread around historic Charleston and may include the Dock Street Theater, Exhibition Hall, Memminger Auditorium, Middleton Place, and Ansonborough Field. Visit the Spoleto USA website for information on the 2007 schedule.

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