Piccolo Spoleto

May 28 – June 13

This year’s Piccolo Spoleto is certainly going to look a little different than past years. For one, all 2021 Piccolo Spoleto events are free to attend!

The least changed offerings, compared to years past, are the Festival’s visual arts and artisan crafts exhibitions, and public art installations.

  • Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Marion Square
  • Piccolo Spoleto Fine Craft Exhibition at Wragg Square (first two weekends of festival)
  • Piccolo Spoleto Juried Art Exhibition at City Gallery
  • Public Art projects with Enough Pie at Vivian Moultrie Playground
  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid on the West Ashley Greenway

Other recurring series that have set schedules and listings of their participants are:

  • “Rising Stars” youth performers from across South Carolina, who will be streaming performances from Charleston to audiences on a virtual basis
  • Sundown Poetry Series, running June 1 to 4, and June 7-11, in the Lenhardt Garden of the Gibbes Museum of Art

The balance of the performances are being planned for outdoor settings in Charleston parks, with events scheduled for the City’s larger parks in formats that accommodate social distancing and neighborhood pop-up events, which will be announced the week of the pop-up to ensure that the weather will accommodate the performance.

  • For the larger parks, events are being planned that will have different performance stages for attendees to visit in a processional fashion, with the ensembles at each stage offering a short-duration program that is then repeated at scheduled intervals, such that each audience member will enjoy several different performances over the course of an hour-long (or so) promenade through the park.
  • For neighborhood pop-ups, events will feature family-friendly performances, primarily on weekday evenings, in smaller park settings offering audiences the chance to walk or cycle to a Piccolo Spoleto program without straying too far from home.

Piccolo Spoleto will also have some additional virtual offerings (free to access via our social media channels) for chamber music performances that would not transpose to an outdoor setting, and the like, and we will be sharing content from past years’ festivals for fans of Piccolo Spoleto who might not be able to travel to Charleston this year.

We also will be cross-promoting, through the City’s “Arts in Charleston,” calendar any number of events and performances being mounted by independent arts groups and ensembles during the Spoleto timeframe, including free and ticketed events, given the safety restrictions that have guided our planning process for this year. These events are being continuously updated, so we encourage you to check back frequently so that you can support all of our local artists in whatever manner you feel most comfortable.