Wave-Gotik-Treffen: Goths in Leipzig
Every year over Pentecost, thousands of Goth music and arts fans converge on Leipzig. Elaborate costumes are all but obligatory.
The goth subculture adopts dark fashion elements such as black clothing, dyed black hair, dark eyeliner, black fingernails and black period-styled clothing  and a focus on gothic rock and a range of other music genres. The goth subculture, began in England during the early 1980s where it was developed from the gothic rock scene, itself an offshoot of the post-punk genre. Notable post-punk groups that presaged that genre include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division and Bauhaus. The goth subculture has survived much longer than others of the same era, and has continued to diversify and spread throughout the world. Its imagery and cultural proclivities indicate influences from the 19th century Gothic literature and gothic horror films.
The goth subculture has associated tastes in music, aesthetics, and fashion. The music of the goth subculture encompasses a number of different styles, including gothic rock, industrial, deathrock, post-punk, darkwave, ethereal wave and neoclassical. Styles of dress within the subculture range from deathrock, punk and Victorianstyles, or combinations of the above, most often with dark attire (often black), pale face makeup and black hair. The scene continues to draw interest from a large audience decades after its emergence. A number of large annual festivals are held in Europe, notably Wave-Gotik treffen.” . . . .