Participants in fancy dress pose during the so called 'Victorian Picnic' during the Wave Gothic Festival (WGT) in Leipzig, Germany, Friday, June 7, 2019. Approximately 20,000 goths and other dark subculture fans such as cybergoths, metalheads, steampunks, neo-Victorians, dark romantics, dark electro, industrial, medieval and fetish fans are expected to attend the world's largest gothic and 'dark' culture festival until June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Gothic music, culture fans gather at German festival

June 08, 2019 - 1:26 am

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Thousands of Goth music and culture fans have gathered in the eastern German city of Leipzig for the annual Wave Gothic Festival, this year featuring some 220 artists.

The festival has been held over the Whitsun holiday weekend since 1992 and typically attracts about 20,000 people to venues across the city.

Fans wearing elaborate costumes took part Friday in the so-called "Victorian Picnic" to mark the opening of the event.

The festival runs through Monday.