Soon after jumping on the Instagram bandwagon in late 2012, the Festival quickly discovered how exciting this new(-ish) photo-sharing social media platform was going to be for the upcoming season. It provided the Festival with a unique opportunity to tell a story through images that felt intimate and exclusive yet exciting and creative. In addition, it allowed followers to tell their own Festival narrative through the use of hashtags. We searched Instagram using these hashtags and below are some of our favorite photos (and captions) by fellow Instagram users:

1. Spoleto’s on a boat! #sfusa #folly #spoleto #marshlife
(photo credit: Instagram user @dig_south)

2. #middletonplace #middletonplaceplantation #Spoleto #spoletofestival #spoletofinale #2013 #ilovemyjob #work #fireworks #all_shots #instagood #instagrammers #webstagram #instamood #beautiful #historic #summer #night
(photo credit: Instagram user @irmowkbrdr)

3. @spoletofestivalusa #sfusa #festivalseason #kingstreet #charleston
(photo credit: Instagram user @savannahmusicfestival) 

4. #SpoletoFestival kicks off today! The corner of King and George street has the event’s schedule.
(photo credit: Instagram user @explorecharleston) 

5. Spoleto Monkeys! #sfusa
(photo credit: Instagram user @mackiep) 

6. Go time! #verdi #requiem #offertorio #celloexcerpts #spoletofestivalusa
(photo credit: Instagram user @allegracello) 

7. All battens struck. #loadout #spoleto2013 #sfusa
(photo credit: Instagram user @rshah680) 

8. Red Stick Ramblers #sfusa @spoletofestivalusa
(photo credit: Instagram user @philipscatherine) 

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Click here to see the Festival’s Instagram gallery and be sure to follow us (@spoletofestivalusa).