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Germany: Darkness descends on Leipzig as goths take over00:54

Germany: Darkness descends on Leipzig as goths take over

Germany, Leipzig
May 18, 2013 at 14:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Darkness descends on Leipzig as goths take over

Around 20,000 people have come together in the German city of Leipzig for the Wave Gotik Treffen, the world's largest Gothic lifestyle and dark arts event. Over 200 bands are performing over four days.

The festival also celebrates the lifestyle and culture of the Renaissance, vikings and pagans. Unique costumes are the mode du jour for attendees, who come from not only Germany but all over the world. A variety of merchants are on hand as well, selling everything from clothes, books and CDs to custom-fitted fangs courtesy of Sebastiaan van Houten, also known as 'Father Sebastiaan.' A trained dental technician, van Houten has been making fangs since 1994, and today travels throughout the world to do so for clients.

The Gothic culture traces its root back to 1980s England, when it grew out of the punk scene. Today it encompasses a variety of different styles, including deathrock, post-punk, darkwave, industrial, and futuristic cybergoth. Members are usually known for wearing black clothing, though this is not always the case.

The Wave Gotik Treffen has been held annually in Leipzig since 1992 and attracts between 18,000 and 25,000 people. This year's edition ends May 19.

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Germany: Darkness descends on Leipzig as goths take over

Around 20,000 people have come together in the German city of Leipzig for the Wave Gotik Treffen, the world's largest Gothic lifestyle and dark arts event. Over 200 bands are performing over four days.

The festival also celebrates the lifestyle and culture of the Renaissance, vikings and pagans. Unique costumes are the mode du jour for attendees, who come from not only Germany but all over the world. A variety of merchants are on hand as well, selling everything from clothes, books and CDs to custom-fitted fangs courtesy of Sebastiaan van Houten, also known as 'Father Sebastiaan.' A trained dental technician, van Houten has been making fangs since 1994, and today travels throughout the world to do so for clients.

The Gothic culture traces its root back to 1980s England, when it grew out of the punk scene. Today it encompasses a variety of different styles, including deathrock, post-punk, darkwave, industrial, and futuristic cybergoth. Members are usually known for wearing black clothing, though this is not always the case.

The Wave Gotik Treffen has been held annually in Leipzig since 1992 and attracts between 18,000 and 25,000 people. This year's edition ends May 19.