Spoleto Events

Every year when I come down for Spoleto’s kickoff, I try and make it to at least one of the events that Soteria and Charles are ushering. In doing so I’ve seen some amazing things–from the Alvin Ailey dance troupe to some very interesting performance art about a rabbit. This year I have tickets to two events: Les Ballets Trockadero De Monte Carlo, and the opera Philemon and Baucis, performed by the Colla Marionette Company.

As you can imagine, I’m ridiculously excited about both events. (And yes, the Drag Queen Ballet is supposed to be amusing.)

And there’s today, of course — the event I’m participating in — the Children’s Festival in Marion Square. It runs from 10-3 but I will be there starting at 11am. The weather has thunderstorms forecasted for today and it’s currently raining outside…but that’s Charleston. Judging by how this week has gone, it will be over in an hour and we’ll have a beautiful day ahead of us.

For those of you not at Spoleto, I feel very sad for you. But I hope you enjoy your weekend anyway!

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Happy Almost-Spoleto!

It’s that time of year…time for Charleston’s annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival! It always starts on Memorial Day weekend — this year it runs from May 28th to June 13th.

The combination of historic Charleston’s old European charm and the world-class Spoleto Festival USA together produce a unique and impacting synergy for all who come to the city by the sea to experience this magnificent international multi arts festival. But what really adds the ingredient of magic to the mix is Piccolo Spoleto, which provides access to the festival for Every Person, especially children. Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of its parent festival and its 700 events in 17 days, transforms Charleston 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.

I will be making an appearance at the Charleston Public Library booth at the Children’s Festival in Marion Square this Saturday. Click here for more details. I will have AlphaOops and H: is for Halloween to read, and there will be fun activity handouts, as well as everything else fun for the kids to do at a festival!

I love being in Charleston for Spoleto. It’s like coming home…

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