A goth weekend in Germany

Revellers stand in the southern cemetery in Leipzig, during the Wave and Goth festival.
Revellers stand in the southern cemetery in Leipzig, during the Wave and Goth festival.
A reveller poses for pictures at the southern cemetery in Leipzig.
A reveller poses for pictures at the southern cemetery in Leipzig.
People take pictures during the Wave and Goth festival in the central shopping district of Leipzig.
People take pictures during the Wave and Goth festival in the central shopping district of Leipzig.
 The annual festival is known in Germany as Wave-Gotik Treffen (WGT).
The annual festival is known in Germany as Wave-Gotik Treffen (WGT).
Revellers sit on the steps of the crematorium at the southern cemetery.
Revellers sit on the steps of the crematorium at the southern cemetery.
The festival features over 150 bands and artist in venues all over the city playing Gothic rock and other styles of the dark wave music subculture.
The festival features over 150 bands and artist in venues all over the city playing Gothic rock and other styles of the dark wave music subculture.
The event that counts as one of the biggest of its kind attracts a regular audience of up to 20,000 the organisers said.
The event that counts as one of the biggest of its kind attracts a regular audience of up to 20,000 the organisers said.
A woman takes a picture of a reveller skating through the city centre.
A woman takes a picture of a reveller skating through the city centre.
A burial crypt below the crematorium in Leipzig.
A burial crypt below the crematorium in Leipzig.
The event began in the 1990s and has since grown into one of the biggest gatherings of Goth scene followers in Europe.
The event began in the 1990s and has since grown into one of the biggest gatherings of Goth scene followers in Europe.
Many of those attending wear elaborate outfits and makeup for which they require hours of painstaking preparation.
Many of those attending wear elaborate outfits and makeup for which they require hours of painstaking preparation.
Punk remains a strong influence in today's Goth style as witnessed in Leipzig.
Punk remains a strong influence in today's Goth style as witnessed in Leipzig.
Many costumes also show a departure from the traditional black of the Goth scene.
Many costumes also show a departure from the traditional black of the Goth scene.
Punk remains a strong influence in today's Goth style as witnessed in Leipzig, but newer trends, with names like Cybergoth and Steampunk, have emerged that blend bold colors, Victorian fashion elegance and 19th and 20th century factory accessories into a look reminiscent of a mutated Venetian carnival.
Punk remains a strong influence in today's Goth style as witnessed in Leipzig, but newer trends, with names like Cybergoth and Steampunk, have emerged that blend bold colors, Victorian fashion elegance and 19th and 20th century factory accessories into a look reminiscent of a mutated Venetian carnival.

Goth enthusiasts gathered over a weekend for the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany.

This five-day annual festival, known in Germany as Wave-Gotik Treffen (WGT), began in the 1990s and  has since grown into one of the biggest gatherings of Goth scene followers in Europe.

It features over 200 bands and artists in venues all over the city playing Gothic rock and other styles of the dark wave music subculture.

Many of those attending wear elaborate outfits and makeup for which they require hours of painstaking preparation.

Many costumes show a departure from the traditional black of the Goth scene.

Punk remains a strong influence in today's Goth style, but newer trends, with names like Cybergoth and Steampunk, have emerged that blend bold colors, Victorian fashion elegance and 19th and 20th century factory accessories into a look reminiscent of a mutated Venetian carnival.

The event that counts as one of the biggest of its kind attracts a regular audience of up to 20,000.

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