Piccolo Spoleto Festival to announce 2016 program on Tuesday, April 26!
The 2016 Piccolo Spoleto Festival line-up will be announced on Tuesday, April 26 with the Box Office set to open Monday, May 2.
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I have a Spoleto Festival ticket brochure and want to buy my tickets. Why I am I not able to purchase Piccolo tickets at the same time?
Spoleto Festival USA produces and presents large-scale opera, theater, music, and dance productions in Charleston’s primary performing arts venues, working months and years in advance to make their programming commitments. With fewer attractions in venues with much greater audience capacity, the financial success of Spoleto’s season rests heavily on advance ticket sales and contributed revenue. Their promotional efforts reflect this reality.
Piccolo Spoleto comes into formation on a much shorter lead-time. Community arts partners and local producing companies plan on applying to be a part of Piccolo Spoleto each year, but the specific repertoire or the selected play they wish to mount might not be determined until they complete their application. Details of venue availability, rights and permissions, casting, and countless other items need to be addressed and finalized for hundreds of performances and exhibitions before schedules can be announced and tickets can be made available for sale. With this in mind, the announcement of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival schedule historically falls in late April, with advance sales through the Festival box office commencing in early May.
For the convenience of patrons, the two organizations have walk-up box office kiosks in the same location beginning May 2 and continuing throughout the run of the Festivals.
How is Piccolo Spoleto programmed?
Each autumn, an open call for applications is issued by the Office of Cultural Affairs. During the winter months, City staff work closely with host venues, proposed artists, and nearly forty volunteer program coordinators (each specialized in a particular discipline, genre or period) to shape the final roster of events and to address logistical concerns. Artists and companies are informed of their selection in the first quarter of the year, and the full Festival program is announced in April, launching a coordinated marketing and promotional campaign leading up to the start of the Festival.