One of the busiest thoroughfares in Bulgaria’s capital city of Sofia, Tsarigradsko Chaussee boulevard, will be shut down for the entire day on October 29, for a concert by television showman Slavi Trifonov at the busy Orlov Most (Eagles’ Bridge) intersection.
The exact time of the concert is yet to be announced, but the boulevard will be shut down for any traffic starting at 12.15am on October 29 until 8am on October 30, between the Tsarigradsko Chausse/Peyo Yavorov Boulevard and Tsarigradsko Chaussee/Evlogi Georgiev Boulevard intersections.
Similarly, the Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard will be shut down for traffic between the Evlogi Georgiev Boulevard and Vassil Levski Boulevard intersections – the area between Orlov Most and Sofia University – from 4pm to midnight on October 29. Evlogi Georgiev Boulevard will be shut down for traffic between the Oborishte Street and General Gurko Street intersections during the same time.
Cars are also banned from parking on either Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard or Evlogi Georgiev Boulevard during the day, before the traffic interdiction goes into effect at 4pm.
The Interior Ministry’s Sofia directorate put in place a number of security measures, with anti-terrorist forces scheduled to be deployed, as well as police officers. The directorate’s chief Mladen Marinov said that there was no explicit threat, but preventive measures were being undertaken “given the events in Europe”, a possible reference to the spate of terror attacks across Western Europe in recent months.
People interested in attending the free concert were advised not to carry any voluminous bags and would not be allowed to enter the concert area with umbrellas.