A goth weekend in Germany

Last updated 09:59 11/06/2014

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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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