When the people who program Spoleto Festival USA sit down to figure out what to present each year, they don’t typically aim to fit the festival into a thematic mold. They solicit artists they admire and take what they can get. Still, it’s impossible to resist the temptation of looking for themes or trends once the program is announced. This time ar...

Joseph Bollo ran restaurants in Charleston and Folly Beach for two decades, but didn’t develop a spaghetti specialty until the latter half of his career. When he first opened Washington Square Café, Bollo focused primarily on seafood. Yet at around the same time, spaghetti from his native Italy was starting to catch on with the dining public. Pasta...

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF) and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO), both classic in their own right, come together this winter for a special collaboration, La Dolce Vita: Music of Italian Cinema. The performance, which raises funds for NCIFF, takes place at 6 p.m, Thurs. Feb. 22 at the Charleston Music Hall. The night begin...

Giovanna De Luca was disappointed in the lack of international cinema when she moved to Charleston from New York City 13 years ago. "I couldn't find anything international, French or anything," she says. "There were no art movies, and it was traumatic for me."  So she decided to do something about it, something that happened to mesh with her field...

From 25 August to 7 October 2017 the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art di Charleston, South Carolina (USA) will exhibit the works of alpinist and painter Riccarda de Eccher. 12 new watercolours dedicated to the Dolomites, ‘her' mountains, will be on view. Many have compared mountaineers, when they trace new routes up mountains, to artists creati...

When Elena Mullano first landed on United States soil, she was not stepping into a different country, but jumping into one of the many American films she had seen as she grew up. The 17-year-old Italian hailing from Sardinia, a large island in the middle of the Tyrrhenian Sea, said it was an almost immediate reaction when she stepped off the plane....

Spoleto Festival USA began its life in Charleston 40 years ago as an import from Italy. The Italian festival—the Festival of Two Worlds, in Spoleto, Italy — was itself an American idea. Both festivals were founded by Gian Carlo Menotti, an Italian who came to America as a college student and became an extraordinarily successful composer, both of op...

In our discovery of new points of view from which to analyze the relationship between Italy and the US, today we want to talk about Sister Cities programs. There is an American institution, called "Sister Cities International", which takes care of these aspect of how the US partner up with other countries. So we are happy today to have as our gues...

From comic book art to Shakespeare and Japanese opera, the new season of the Spoleto Festival USA will be the largest ever, offering 160 performances during the 17 days the festival lights up stages across this seaside city.   The internationally known arts festival, founded by the composer Gian Carlo Menotti, will open its 37th season Frida...

By Susanne M. Schafer   Russian composer P.I. Tchaikovsky's sumptuous opera "Eugene Onegin," a concert by jazz master Dee Dee Bridgewater and performance by flamenco dance star Maria Pages are just a few of the many highlights promised in this spring's 2017 Spoleto Festival USA.   The internationally renowned Charleston, South Carolin...