Photos: Revellers in bizarre outfits at Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival

Updated: Jun 15, 2016, 14:54 IST
  • Photos: Revellers in bizarre outfits at Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival
    The Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival is an annual world festival for "dark" music and arts in Leipzig, Germany
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  • Photos: Revellers in bizarre outfits at Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival
    Treffen is the German word for 'meeting'. Pictured: A reveller donning a vampire-themed costume at the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival
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  • Photos: Revellers in bizarre outfits at Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival
    The Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival has 18000 to 20000 regular attendants making it one of the largest events of the Goth-, Cybergoth-, Steampunk and Rivethead- subcultures worldwide
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    A first attempt at a Treffen (meeting) was made in 1987 in Potsdam but the laws of the German Democratic Republic made this kind of event illegal with only a few hundred visitors attending it
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    The first official Wave-Gotik-Treffen was held in 1992 at the Eiskeller club in Leipzig after the re-unification of Germany
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    The largest installment of the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival was the one in the year 2000 with over 300 acts and an estimated 25,000 visitors
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  • Photos: Revellers in bizarre outfits at Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival
    Over 150 bands and artists from various musical backgrounds, which include, Gothic rock, EBM, Industrial, Noise, Darkwave, Neofolk, Neoclassical, Medieval Music, Experimental, Gothic metal, Deathrock and Punk among others perform at several venues during the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival throughout the city over 4 days on Whitsuntide
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    Apart from musical performances, the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival also features several fairs with medieval, gothic and cultural merchandise
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    Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival participants typically stay either in designated camping areas outside the Agra venue or in the hotels and hostels in and around Leipzig
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  • Photos: Revellers in bizarre outfits at Wave-Gotik-Treffen festival
    The date of the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival varies from year to year. It is held on the German holiday weekend of Pfingsten, known in English as Pentecost or Whitsun, which is 7 weeks after Easter
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The annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival in Leipzig, eastern Germany saw goth enthusiasts donning bizarre and offbeat costumes in attendance. A look in pictures... All pics/AFP

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