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Kiawah Island

Arts Council and Special Events

2015/2016 Season Planner Released 

Copies are available at Town Hall or print your own by clicking here. 

The Town of Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council works to enhance community appreciation and involvement in the visual and performing arts within the Town of Kiawah Island and its environs by providing a diversity of planned programs.All events are open to public and complimentary tickets for most events are available at the Visitors Center at Kiawah Island Town Hall on a come first serve basis. Ticket release dates are two weeks prior to the event date. Kiawah property owners have a 3 day lead time prior to the public release date for Arts Council events. Cultural Events tickets release to everyone on the same date.All Arts and Cultural Events annual reports are available through the municipal library.

For more information on events call 843-768-9166 or email Stephanie Braswell at sbraswell@kiawahisland.org. If you are an artist interested in making a proposal to the Arts Council please contact Mary Johnson, Arts Council and Cultural Events Chairman at qjtiger@msn.com










Piccolo Preview 

Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 4:00pm

 Holy Spirit Catholic Church

*Ticket Release: 4/15

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The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the Town of Kiawah Island Arts & Cultural Events Council present a sampling of some favorite musical elements as harbingers of the 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival. The program will include performances from several of the events chosen for this year's festival.  More details to follow.  Admission-free and open to the public.  


Piccolo Comes to  “KITTIWAH”

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mingo Point

Oyster Roast – 5:30-6:30pm

Dinner Buffet- 5:30-7:00pm

Performance begins at 6:30 pm

Adults: $47, Children ages 4 – 12: $25.  Children under 4: free
Casual seating/Cash Bar
*Ticket Release 5/17

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Attendance is limited to 300, so don’t delay!

Focusing primarily on artists of the Southeast region, Piccolo Spoleto is the perfect complement to the international scope of Spoleto Festival USA, its parent festival, and its 500 events in 17 days transform 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.

This year Spoleto will celebrate its 40th festival with a landmark production of Charleston’s own Porgy and Bess.  The Kiawah Arts and Cultural Events Council in collaboration with the Office of Cultural Affairs is celebrating this important anniversary and continuing the Porgy and Bess theme with “Piccolo Comes to Kittiwah,” a gala end of season event at Mingo Point.  

In Act 2 of Porgy and Bess, the denizens of Catfish Row take boats to a church picnic on nearby “Kittiwah” Island, an early alternative spelling of “Kiawah.”  What better way to get in the spirit of this opera set in Charleston and Kiawah than to enjoy an oyster roast and barbeque at Mingo Point on the banks of the Kiawah River and be entertained by Piccolo artists singing the music of George Gershwin as well as other tunes by his contemporaries. 

The Kiawah Island Resort is offering a 20% discount on villas for ticket holders. Reservations can be made by calling 800 654 2924 or 843 768 2121 (local).Guests must reference 13826 or KIAC-Piccolo Comes to Kiawah.