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Encyclopedia > Spoleto Festival USA

Spoleto Festival USA is an annual festival of the arts held in Charleston, South Carolina since 1977. It was founded by Gian Carlo Menotti as an American counterpart to Il Festival dei Due Mondi (the Festival of Two Worlds), a festival he also founded, which is held in Spoleto, Italy.


External links

  • The festival's website (http://www.spoletousa.org/)
  • Its Italian counterpart (http://www.spoletofestival.it/)

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About Spoleto Festival USA (341 words)
Spoleto Festival USA was founded in 1977 by Gian Carlo Menotti, Christopher Keene and others involved in the Festival of Two Worlds as the American counterpart to that festival held annually in Spoleto, Italy.
The festival quickly became a haven for a large group of artists, both traditional and experimental, who found the mix of dance, theater, opera, music, and the visual arts to be both exciting and stimulating.
Spoleto Festival USA has maintained traditions of the Festival of Two Worlds such as a dedication to young artists, a fascination with contemporary effort, an enthusiasm for providing unusual performance opportunities to recognized masters in their fields, and a commitment to all forms of the performing arts.
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