Opening ceremony kicks off Spoleto 2012

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Music, dance and theater are everywhere in downtown Charleston as Spoleto kicked off Friday.

An opening ceremony was held at noon today to begin the 17-day long festival which runs through June 10. The ceremony at Charleston City Hall was complete with speeches, singing, a brass band, confetti and ringing of church bells.

Spoleto Festival USA and Piccolo Spoleto bring talent from countries around the world, as well as the southeast United States, to showcase their talents in these two festivals.

Many of the events are free and family friendly.

For a schedule of events and ticket information go to and