Charleston, S.C. (WCBD)- Spoleto festival USA kicks off this weekend here in the Lowcountry.
The international premier performing arts festival will begin in front of City Hall. Opening ceremony will be led by festival board chair William Medich. We’re told the Venerable Calhoun Walpole will deliver an invocation, and bass-baritone Erik Van Heyningen, who plays Jokanaan in Salome, will sing the national anthem.
The ceremony will feature keynote speaker Congressman Joe Cunningham, and Mayor John Tecklenburg will deliver the festival proclamation.
The 17 days are jam-packed with plays, opera, music, and a collection of performances from all over the world. Nigel redden, the general director for the festival tells me that it enhances Charleston and makes it a truly special place to be, “It animates Charleston. What brings our many of our visitors is the beauty of Charleston and somehow when you have performances going on it really makes Charleston into a special city that has fallen in love with the arts”.
Opening ceremony is free to attend and begins at noon. Seating will be available.