Today’s blog comes from an Apprentice in the Marketing and Public Relations Department. Kate Butler is a rising senior at the College of Charleston majoring in English and Studio Art. We decided to capitalize on her talents and ask her to guest blog about some of the fascinating geographical facts surrounding the Festival. The result? An impressive hand-drawn infographic with commentary. Enjoy!

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Now in its 37th year, Charleston’s Spoleto Festival USA is a celebration of some of the most inventive works of performance and visual art worldwide that’s only invigorated by its quintessential southern setting. This year’s line-up boasts 160 performances from artists and ensembles from 14 countries across the city’s numerous historic and contemporary venues. Artists come here from Italy, the UK, South Africa, Japan, China, Spain, Russia, Korea, France, Brazil, Israel, Finland and India and throughout the United States.

From French acrobatics to Spanish Flamenco, traditional Indian Kuchipudi to a Japanese opera sung in German, Spoleto offers a diverse spread of shows of the highest caliber from emerging and established artists. What they share is the ability to transcend their genres in performances that, while brought to life in the picturesque Cistern Yard or the Dock Street Theatre, still somehow have a way of making you forget where you are.

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To see more of Kate’s work, visit her Tumblr page.