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Intro

We are pround to say that we officialy cover Wave Gotik Treffen already for 11 years. Since 2000. Here you can find some pieces of information in english about this website and festival. We make promo of  Wave Gotik Treffen for countries of ex-USSR: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus etc, so the web-site is in russian. On this web-site can one can get the news and latest information as well as reportages and more 5.000 photos of the biggest gothic event worldwide – Wave Gotik Treffen

Also, in slavic version you can find an article with detailed information about: how to get visa, how to get to Leipzig, how to buy the tickets, and some information concerning organization detailes. All the information is in russian.

Official intro

Within living memory Homo sapiens is on a voyage of discovery to himself. Since the time of romanticism, feeling the mystery of our existence with all our senses has become an urge, though partly a fashionable one. This started with the upper classes but became gradually common with ordinary families, too. At the end of the seventies of the 20th century a new sub-culture, the “New Romantic” lovers emerged from this movement. Mixtures of timeless thoughts, sensations and cravings evolved. Mysticism and romanticism gleamed in modern looks of electronic Pop Music, Rock’n Roll. Bands, as Joy Division, Sexgang Children, Bauhaus, later Siouxsie amp; The Banshees, The Mission and The Cure, to name only a few, conquered the hearts of people, mostly of the youth, dressed in black and white or entirely in black. The Punk was one of the most important trends that marked then the first excesses of the new dark music. Youth who had felt themselves marginalised in the capital-dominated society set out for worlds of their own. Black as the colour of noble modesty, grief and resignation firmly established on the “scene”. Styles were intermingling, they were confronted with the spirit of the age and the fashion and kept changing. New styles are springing up at short intervals: New Romantic, Dark Pop, later Dark Rock, Industrial, Apocalyptic Folk, etc time and again elements of classical and ancient music are finding a new home.

Often the scene was facing major problems with the sellout of its new ideals and idols. Thus a nucleus remained that recognised and cultivated the different contents of the movement. From what used to be an “underground” had become a scene independent of the spirit of the age and the market. Time and again some independent cult became a great discovery. Some of those cults remained afloat while others fell into oblivion. In the end there was the wish to have something special but also to mix with people of one’s own kind. In the Western part of Germany this wave sprung up in the eighties where it quickly flooded the everyday life of music, disco and show business.

On the territory of the Soviet occupational zone such imports, let alone any aberrations of “one’s own”, had been an official taboo. However, even there people with self-tailored black outfits and pointed shoes, made-up pale faces and up-sticking often colourful hair appeared in the streets and conquered the dance floors.

Such conspicuous anti-establishment figures in the streets had been subjected to check, search and arrest in public squares and streets, and even in public buildings owing to the fact that coming together of three persons or more without permission could be considered a criminal act of “forming a mob”. Under such circumstances, like-minded people used to come together in private parties. Heavy drinking was accompanied by sounds of The Cure, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Art of Noise, Fehlfarben, Foyer des Arts, or Klassik. In the years from 1985 to 1988 even in Leipzig and East Berlin “all hell was let loose”. Police and Secret Service were lagging behind time in dissolving meetings and events, as many of the youth clubs and some of the cafes in the towns had become “black”. The scenes in the G.D.R. were having their specific features not least owing to the character of the prevailing social order. Although the problems were different from those of their much envied (because of their unlimited freedom of existence and thinking) fellow-sufferers in the West, the deep longings were the same. He who had managed to get hold of an original record of the new “black” gods of music for 100 G.D.R. Mark or had received one by mail undamaged from relatives in the West became one of those few kings without crown who were soon sought for to having the record dubbed onto tape. He who did not have such relations tried recording music from Western radio stations on his mono recorder irrespective of high noise levels and poor quality and replayed such recordings in circles of like minded fellows.

One of the first major events of the scene took place in Potsdam in 1988. 20 persons had agreed on coming together at Belvedere ruined castle. However, word-of-mouth recommendation had it that several hundred “Goths” from all over the country and West Berlin came together. The police dissolved the gathering by taking away people in lorries to detention awaiting trial. Those remaining reunited again in the light of the moon and torches, exchanging experience, drinks, thoughts and little somethings and making music through hand and voice till dawn. Next morning after Walpurgis night, the first genuine meeting, a “black block” was formed in the May-Day demo. Fortunately, this spectacle remained undisturbed.

From that time, the meeting constantly grew in numbers: the number of visitors almost doubled every year and out of the original three stands a tremendous scene market developed. What remains is the unique character and the atmosphere of the meeting, as the visitor but not the programme is in the focus of all events. Irrespective of the outer world, and, finally, as a majority, the black romantics can abandon themselves solely to their desires and come together with like-minded and like-dressed people four days and four nights long. What is important in the meeting is the coming together by itself, the many details, all the trimmings, and the general appeal to the senses. The meeting is held under the name of moral values, atmosphere and cultured life. It is also meant to satisfy the preference of the Neo-Romantics for historical music. Hence not few of the artists and musicians will represent the time of the Middle Ages.

No doubt that the practising artists are aware of the importance of the meeting. Many of them are producing an extra performance, presenting special projects, or appearing in unusual formations. Everyone wants to be present on the “silver disk”, i.e., the sampler of the meeting. Another characteristic feature is the lack of central events. This will encourage people to walk along the natural paths described in the programme and to make new acquaintances. A ride in a horse-drawn carriage along the “Treffenkulturmeile” will be appreciated, too. The particularities of the different stages and events, e.g., of the factory halls of Werk II, the “Schauspielhaus”-theatre, the Volkerschlachtdenkmal, and the vaults of the “Moritzbastei” will help to create the atmosphere appropriate to the respective art project.

So much – so little – about the “Treffen”.

(Taken from the official site)