The El Jem international festival of symphonic music is a symphonic music festival that has been held every summer in the Tunisian city of El Jem since 1985.
Founded by Mr Mohamed Ennaceur, former mayor of Eljem, former minister and currently Honorary President and President of the Tunisian Parliament, it has established itself as an event cultural center of international dimension, which attracts many music lovers to Thysdrus, the ancient thousand-year-old city of Eljem, and its prestigious Roman theater listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.
With the Festival, the amphitheater lives again, but it lives its time: The sounds of music, caressing or biting, fertile or arid, have replaced the roars of wild animals and the cries of gladiators or torture victims. Those who had the opportunity to come to Eljem during the Festival, were seduced by the synthesis, how rich, between the splendor of the monument and the beauty of the music, which it adorns one month a year.
The Eljem festival is also the expression of an ambition: the ambition to be the symbol of true international cooperation and the ambition also to contribute to the development of Eljem and cultural tourism in Tunisia. .
In Tunisia, the city of El Jem is the only city in the Arab world to organize a truly international festival dedicated to symphonic music. It is housed in the amphitheater of El Jem built around the 3rd century and with a capacity of between 27,000 and 30,000 spectators.
This festival is a symphonic music festival is held in the El Jem amphitheater, built in the third century, with a capacity between 27,000 and 30,000 spectators.
Since its inception, the festival has attracted many orchestras who come to give performances, including the Algerian National Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra, the Rome Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tunisian Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra for the first time in Africa and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma led by Francesco La Vecchia.