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What To Do While You’re In Charleston For The Spoleto Festival 2021

The Spoleto Festival was founded in 1977 after the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti brought the Spoleto Festival to Charleston, SC because of its history and charm. The festival lasts 17 days and will feature over 100 performances including operas, musical concerts and choirs, dance shows, jazz shows, and more.


This year, the festival is making accommodations for the pandemic by hosting some virtual events in addition to live performances. “The Journey” is an interactive virtual production in which you will “join others around the world for a deeply personal yet collective experience that reveals the mysteries and powers of the human mind” according to the Spoleto Festival official website.

Check out “Ballet Under the Stars” June 4-7 to see an outdoor dance performance on the beautiful grounds of Rivers Green on the College of Charleston campus. Spoleto calls the event a “once-in-a-lifetime performance” as it features brilliant and accomplished dancers performing choreography that encompasses 100 years of dance. The festival prioritizes safety by arranging socially distanced seating for viewing with face masks required.


If you’re looking to enjoy more art while you’re in town, check out some of Charleston’s esteemed art galleries. Robert Lange Studios in Downtown Charleston has been voted “Best Art Gallery in Charleston” for four consecutive years. The gallery features art from 30 artists in various styles that will suit a range of tastes. If you enjoy contemporary realism, you will love perusing the pieces in Robert Lange Studios. You can find this gallery on the same street as the Dock Street Theatre, which will be hosting events for the Spoleto Festival, so hop over to Robert Lange Studios after attending a performance at Dock Street Theatre.


Atrium Art Gallery displays mostly abstract and contemporary pieces from artists all over. The gallery spotlights 18 artists with vast portfolios of colorful and exciting works. You can view a virtual gallery tour on the Atrium Art Gallery website, but you’ll want to go in person to have the ultimate experience.




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