Goths make contact with Leipzigers going about their day on Hainstraße near the Markt during Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2023. Photo by David Simon.

Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2023 Recap: GALLERY


In general, my impression of this year’s Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) was that it was once again the remarkable convergence of two distinct worlds—the people of Leipzig going about their routine and the visitors to the WGT, with their mind-bending array of stylistic choices.

This fusion creates an incredible, almost surreal, atmosphere that envelops me in a delightful bubble for a few days, as I attend and capture the festival’s events. The interactions between these two groups and their mutual kindness and fascination with each other are the most captivating aspect that Leipzig has to offer. It was on full display as the WGT reached its 30th edition in late May, as you can see in the photos.

Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2023 Recap

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Victorian Picnic: one of the festival’s most popular events

Concerts: a hub for dozens of gothic-influenced genres

In order of appearance in the slideshow:

  • Lord of the Lost
  • Rosegarden Funeral Party
  • For All the Emptiness
  • Elvenking

Südfriedhof Wedding

On Friday, I had the opportunity to meet WGT enthusiasts Jordan and Matt at the Victorian Picnic, where they were celebrating their friend’s birthday. This brief encounter served as a precursor to the main event on Sunday—their wedding ceremony.

The wedding took place in the west chapel of the Südfriedhof, with an intimate gathering of friends and like-minded individuals. It was a truly remarkable and one-of-a-kind occasion.

The atmosphere in the chapel was charged with emotion as Jordan and Matt exchanged their vows. Their choice of vows from the film Corpse Bride added a unique touch. What unfolded before my eyes was not merely the union of two souls, but a powerful testament to the strength of love and the freedom to express it in their own extraordinary way. They utterly embraced their individuality and celebrated their connection.

As the festivities ended, Jordan and Matt embarked on their new journey as a married couple, returning to the United States with the cherished memories of an unforgettable wedding. Their love story serves as a poignant reminder that love, fueled by passion, has the ability to transcend boundaries and create extraordinary moments that will be treasured forever.

All photos taken by David Simon, LeipGlo Art Director.

David Simon is art director for the Leipzig Glocal.

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