Wave-Gotik-Treffen

Wave-Gotik-Treffen, also known as WGT, is an annual festival held in Leipzig that celebrates the dark alternative subculture. The festival, which has been held since 1992, attracts thousands of attendees from around the world. Music and free self-expression are at its core. Many attendees dress in elaborate costumes and makeup, and the festival is known for its unique and creative atmosphere; it also features a famous Victorian picnic and medieval market. This page features our WGT coverage highlights over the years.

Saturday fail and redemption at WGT

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The magnificent meets the mundane in this photo story starring obvious newbies and evident veterans of Wave-Gotik-Treffen.

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Wave-Gotik-Treffen 2019: Sunday in 60 photos

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We hope you like the fruits of our three-hour photo expedition chasing darkness in the sun!

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WGT 2019: going back to black in Leipzig

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"Much as I adore Leipzig on any given day, I have never loved it as much as I do this weekend. Seeing so many interesting, quirky, stylish people dressed in shades and textures of black warms my heart."

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Wave-Gotik-Treffen: an international perspective

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"Many foreign guests have missed out on WGT events besides concerts due to the language barrier. This year, with help from friends, I’ve been able to organize a series of lectures and discussions about the scene, by the scene, in English."

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Travel black: Leipzig’s Wave-Gotik-Treffen

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As more and more goths begin to descend from the unseasonably darkening skies above Leipzig airport, anticipation in the city rises to a level that may actually be tactile. Leipzig is about to be rocked once again by alternative music’s most famous summer holiday.

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WGT and Stadtfest become fast friends

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In a time when everything seems increasingly polarised, this weekend Leipzigers and visitors from all over the world came together to celebrate life.

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