One of Tunisia 's most ancient cities, Sbeitla (formerly known as Sufetula) , located some 160 kilometers
from the capital, is about to celebrate the 7 th edition of the "Sufetula Spring Festival".
The festival's opening which will take place at the Sbeitla ancient Roman theatre from March 18 to 22, 2007 , will feature colourful performances folklore troupes from Tunisia , Senegal and Bulgaria.
The highlight of the evening however will undoubtedly be the solemn reading of what is known as "The Gregory Manifesto", from the name of the last Byzantine King who reigned over Tunisia up to 672 and who decided to make Sufetula the capital of the Byzantine empire.
In today's troubled world, the Manifesto which is meant to be a message of love, peace and understanding between peoples, is acquiring a new significance.
Other shows will be given by troupes from Algeria , Morocco and Libya but also France and Italy .
Fittingly, the great Syrian singer Mouna Wassef will also perform in the event.
A conference which will be attended by several Tunisian and European History professors, has also been scheduled on the theme: "Whither the place of Arab Culture in the West"?
The festival which is organized by the "Founoun Sufetula" association, will also feature a visit to the city's highest mount, the Djebel Semama, as part of Sbeitla's Spring Caravan.
This dynamic association is also responsible for an itinerant exhibit dubbed the "Sufetula Spring" which has promoted the city and its rich heritage in Argentina , Poland France and Morocco .