Going gothic in Germany: World's largest ‘dark’ culture festival

The annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) goth music festival, in Leipzig, Germany, is among the largest gothic festivals in the world, drawing approximately 20,000 enthusiasts from all over Europe from goth, cybergoth, steampunk, rivethead and punk influences. The four-day festival includes performances by 200 bands as well as cultural outings including cemetery strolls and cathedral sermons. (Getty Images)

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A participant poses in Leipzig city center

A participant of the Wave and Goth festival poses in Leipzig city center, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

People attend the Victorian picnic

Dressed up people attend a so-called “Victorian Picnic” during the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on June 2, 2017. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

Visitors attend the Victorian picnic

Visitors in outfits inspired by 17th-century European royal courts attend the Victorian picnic on the first day of the annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) Goth music festival on June 2, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A participant performs

A participant of the so called “Victorian Picnic” performs in a fancy costume during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Revellers attend the picnic

Revellers attend the Victorian picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

A reveller attends the picnic

A reveller attends the Victorian picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

Participants walk in costume

Participants of the so called “Victorian Picnic” walk in fancy costumes during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

A couple dress in Victorian-inspired outfits

A couple dressed in Victorian-inspired outfits and wheeling a baby pram attend the Victorian picnic on the first day of the annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) Goth music festival on June 2, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Participants walk through Leipzig city center

Participants of the Wave and Goth festival walk through a street in Leipzig city center, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

A fanged participant smiles

A participant of the so called “Victorian Picnic” smiles in a fancy costume during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

A participate poses

A young visitor, who said her outfit was inspired from a dream, attends the Victorian picnic on the first day of the annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) Goth music festival on June 2, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Revellers attend the picnic

Revellers attend the Victorian picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

Close-up of a participant

A participant in a fancy costume attends the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Revellers fans themselves

Revellers attend the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

Revellers wear fanciful hairstyles

Revellers attend the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

A participant sticks out her tongue

Participants in fancy costumes attend the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

A masked participant attends the picnic

A dressed-up person attends a so-called “Victorian Picnic” during the Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) festival in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on June 2, 2017. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

A skull decorates a funeral carriage

A skull decorates a funeral carriage during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Participants perform at the festival

Participants in fancy costumes perform during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

A participant performs a the festival

A participant in a fancy costume performs during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Saturday, June 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

A reveller attends the picnic

A reveller attends the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

Revellers dine at the picnic

Revellers attend the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

Victorian-dressed participants attend the picnic

Participants of the so called “Victorian Picnic” relax in fancy costumes during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

A reveller aims his weapon

A reveller attends the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

A young woman wears a costume inspired by nature

A young woman who said her creation of her outfit, inspired by nature, just “grew and grew and grew”, attends the Victorian Picnic on the first day of the annual Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) Goth music festival on June 2, 2017 in Leipzig, Germany. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Close-up of a reveller’s rings

A reveller attends the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)

A masked participant walks through the picnic

A participant of the so called “Victorian Picnic” walks in a fancy costume during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Close-up of a reveller’s gruesome head

A reveller attends the Victorian Picnic during the Wave and Goth festival in Leipzig, Germany, June 2, 2017. (David W Cerny/Reuters)