Concert Commemorates Victims of Bulgaria's Disco Tragedy

Society | November 26, 2002, Tuesday // 00:00

A charity concert will commemorate the seven teenagers who died in a stampede at a nightclub in Sofia on December 21 last year. The event, to take place at Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture on November 27, was initiated by the children of a school, whose pupil was among the dead children. With the help of the Art Center Kurnolski, the children managed to organize the grand concert for about a month. They hope to reach the souls of dead children with the very songs and dances that caused the death of their friends.

The proceeds from the concert will go for planting trees over a whole lot behind Hilton Sofia hotel - one of the most popular and bustling with life areas in Sofia. Prime Minister Simeon Saxe-Coburg and President Parvanov have confirmed their participation in the concert. Instead of sending flowers, they committed to buy tickets and give them to socially underprivileged children.

Six girls and a boy aged between 11 and 15 died late on December 21, 2001 in a stampede on an icy stairway as hundreds of youngsters tried to get into a Christmas party at Club Indigo. Dozen of teenagers were injured in what Interior Minister Georgi Petkanov termed a "tragic accident." Police said 1,000 to 1,500 teens had assembled outside Club Indigo, whose entrance is at the bottom of a flight of stairs, which were covered with ice. Bulgaria's government declared December 23, 2001 a national day of mourning.

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