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.