Embracing the historic and natural charm of the Holy City, the Spoleto Festival has begun another season of renowned live arts performances. In 1977, Charleston was selected as an ideal location to host young and experienced artists of all forms with a passion for originality. Now in its 40th season, Spoleto still honors the original tradition of celebrating the finest arts and has earned international recognition.

Performances of opera, theater, jazz, dance, visual arts and more offer options for a variety of interests. With many shows already receiving notable praise, the difficulty becomes not which show to attend, but rather how many performances one can see during the 17-day festival.

This year’s opera, Porgy and Bess, has been commended as one of the greatest artistic creations ever produced in the Holy City and is surely a must see. The show celebrates the African American community in the South Carolina costal region and is exquisitely performed by a talented cast, lively music and beautiful setting and design.

A sure crowd pleaser, Havana Rakatan, is a lively dance piece featuring salsa, mambo, jazz, cha-cha, rumba and more. Complemented with an eight-piece live band this show energetically explores Cuban history through dance.

With a great deal of the success of the Spoleto Festival credited to the setting of Charleston, it is vital to indulge in the charm of the Holy City while visiting. The Belmond Charleston Place Spoleto Grill Gourmet Package offers luxurious accommodations to enhance your Spoleto Festival USA experience. Indulge in dinner for two in the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill, complimentary breakfast in the hotels Four Diamond Palmetto Café, 20% off festival tickets, and a variety of welcome amenities, for travel now through June 11th, 2016. 

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