The “Peace for You, Peace for Me” foundation has called off a charity concert, which was supposed to feature some of the biggest names there are, in music. Foundation representative Jivko Botev, said, the behaviour of his partners and a “negative campaign” against his charity gig were the reasons for the cancellation.
Two months ago, Botev had announced the event, which was supposed to take place at the biggest stadium Sofia has to offer: Stadion Vassil Levski. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and other huge names in music and acting were going to show up on stage. This announcement, back then, already raised eyebrows. There were doubts, to say the least.
Then, about a week ago, Botev held another press conference, saying the charity event was taking place at the much smaller Airport Park, and the big names he had announced were not coming. This announcement was not really a surprise to many.
Just after that second press conference, Eventim Bulgaria actually started selling tickets, with prices ranging from 100 to 1000 Leva. But, there was a problem: None of the artists announced by Botev knew they were coming to Sofia. Just after he had said, the Australian artist Jason Donovan was going to be hitting his stage, Donovan’s management told Foreigners & Friends, he had been asked to be part of the event, but declines the offer. This means, the promoter knew Donovan was not coming, while announcing his participation anyway.
There was another weird aspect: The earnings (if any) were supposed to fund charity projects. But the foundation failed to say which projects it was going to fund.
Now, Botev called off the event, saying it was postponed. But there is no new date. The expected news about the cancellation was the first announcement which made any sense.
By Imanuel Marcus