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Thousands of goths brighten up Leipzig at festival

DDP/The Local · 23 May 2010, 11:52

Published: 23 May 2010 11:52 GMT+02:00

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Visitors decked out in traditional black, but also increasingly elaborate and historical costumes, have come to Leipzig from around the globe, including the US, South America, South Africa, Japan and Israel.

Click here for a photo gallery of the Goths in Leipzig.

Nearly 200 international artists are also booked to play during the weekend, at suitable venues such as the crypt of the enormous monument to the battle of nations and the Leipzig Opera House.

There is an array of events from classical music performances and medieval fairs to dark electronic and rock band shows, and even a Victorian picnic.

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Gothic fashion has expanded to include those Victorian-era and Japanese-inspired Visual Kei and Harajuku styles, which are often brightly coloured and comic-inspired creations.

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16:25 May 24, 2010 by Henckel
Awwww --TThey're spoiling the image of the real, warlike Goths!
21:14 May 25, 2010 by Jack Schiddt
If this is legal why can't the burka be worn?
12:45 May 27, 2010 by Kazenra
@Jack Schiddt because it's a festival. Why shouldn't it be allowed? And goth isn't a religion, and it certainly is not a way to oppress women. And if you say they aren't being oppressed then prove it. Because women who wear the burka or the vail have no identity and so can easily be controlled by men whereas goths are all about identity and being different from everyone else. Dressing goth is all about fun, it's not compulsory.

And besides, who'd ever heard of a gothic terrorist? There are also security reasons as to why the burka isn't allowed because men can easily disguise themselves as women and hide bombs underneath their clothes.

And before anyone jumps on my terrorist comment I'm not being racist these are just the facts.

I think this is awesome and I so wish I could have been there, if not to dress up then just to see all the gothic clothes! :)
01:51 May 29, 2010 by Stuart1977
Gothic terrorists? The Columbine killers for starters.

Some wear the Burka out of choice, stop bullying people because of their religion or race.
00:00 May 30, 2010 by Kazenra
Comment: Okay I'm sorry, there is them. But what kind of terrorist is always in the headlines? The twin towers, the London bombings, and the newest case, the failed bombing in times square. The bombers all came from the same place. And I'm sorry, explain where the bullying was? Who picked a petty fight over goths dressing up with mouth masks on? People wear them all the time in china because of the poor air conditions, and it has become something of a fashion piece. It is not a way to obscure the female form and for men to exert their power over women. And yes I know that some women choose to wear the burker and I guess I respect their decision, and I think it was a bit extreme to ban it completely from some of these countries. But those who wear the full get up, they're refusing to become part of the society they've chosen to be a part of. As the saying goes, when in Rome do as the Romans do. When anyone goes over to the middle east, we respect their beliefs and we wear their clothes so we don't offend anyone. Why don't they respect us? To dress up as a goth is freedom of expression, they're trying to be different, to be their own person but it's still part of western culture. The burka is all about, in all honesty, being without an identity, it prevents the women who come here to be accepted because they are restrained by the way MEN have enterpreted their religion. Where does it say women must cover themselves completely? It doesn't, it just says dress modestly. A life without identity, what kind of person would want that? Please, show me where I was bullying these people about their race and religion. Because I wasn't, as I said before it's just about the facts.
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