It is easy to understand why Wave Gotik Treffen is considered one of the most important events for the goth (and steamgoth!) scene worldwide. An overwhelming concerts agenda, countless leisure activities, visitors from everywhere and a friendly environment are more than enough to reach this objective.
I just wanted to drop a line to share with you a handful of pictures of our stall (these photos were taken with my mobile so do not expect high quality). As you can see, its decoration is quite sober… but we needed to travel light from Madrid to Leipzig by plane.
We are meeting some amazing people here (kudos to the charming team of Psylo Fashion) and I even had the opportunity to greet Captain Robert from Abney Park this morning, this is what happens in this kind of amazing festivals.
We are very pleased to provide you with our sterling silver jewelry handmade in Spain… with Steampunk flavour, industrial nature and singular spirit. If you have the opportunity, feel free to drop by and say hi!
Many thanks for your support!
This is a terrific announcement for the Decimononic crew: we are going to attend the 21st Wave Gotik Treffen as vendors, which means that a vast array of Steampunk-inspired fine jewelry is going to be at your fingertips. Go on reading!
1.- Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT)
Just in case you have never heard about Wave Gotik Treffen (WGT) let us clarify that it is the festival for ‘dark’ music and arts, gathering 18,000 to 20,000 regular attendants. Held on the German holiday weekend of Pfingsten (Pentecost or Whitsun in English), it takes place in Leipzig (Germany) every year since 1992.
The festival program includes more than 150 bands playing life at several venues throughout the city and a neverending complementary cultural agenda: late-night parties with top-name DJs, music albums and film premieres, literary readings, artist signing events and quite a lot of others.
Want to know more? We invite you to visit the official website of the event of the excellent unofficial guide mantained by Sadgoth.
2.- Steampunk & Goth: Steamgoth rising!
The amazing Victorian picnic has been promoted by the ‘Mistress of Fantasy’ Viona Ielegems since 2008 and WGT welcomes Romantic Goth, Neovictorianism and, naturally, Steampunk. Not in vain Goth subculture amalgamates a plethora of different aesthetic sensibilities and expressions: from punk-rock to industrial, from folk to metal… in this context of constant evolution, old and new influences merge enriching the community.
Are you wondering if there is any link between the Goth subculture and Steampunk? From our point of view, its seems so. In fact, ‘brown is the new black’ has been mentioned quite often as the motto of goths turned steampunk. This does not seem to be a coincidence.
1.- The interviewee
Marcus Rauchfuß is an anthropologist and a minor scholar of the Cthulhu Mythos and H.P. Lovecraft. Besides, he is also heavily into Steampunk and Dieselpunk: he collaborates with The Gatehouse, promotes EuroSteam and many, many other initiatives… and, by the way, loves travelling.
2.- The interview
Q.- Marcus, you live in Munich (Germany). Is this your birthplace?
A.- I actually live in Augsburg, I only work in Munich. My birthplace is not worth mentioning. I consider Nottingham in Great Britain to be my home town (I spent some of the best years of my life in Nottingham).
Q. What can you tell to our readers about the German Steampunk scene?
A.- The German Steampunk scene has been building steam (excuse the lame pun) in the last two – three years. We used to be few and far between but now there are gatherings (mostly in pubs) all over the place. I organise one in Augsburg on a monthly basis. There is also things going on in Mannheim and northern Hesse. The Hamburg area also has a very active scene and the first big German Steampunk Convention, Aethericus, is going to happen there in August
Q.- You are not precisely a newcomer to Steampunk. In fact, the first post of your English blog The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog is dated 1st July 2008? What ‘hooked’ you to Steampunk?
A.- That is actually a long story, so I try to make it short: As you can see on my blog, I have a thing for airships and zeppelins. I have been a zeppelin fan for as long as I can remember. But I actually joined the scene more or less by accident after reading about Abney Park on a gothic forum in early 2008.
Q.- If we are not wrong, you have been the main promoter of EuroSteam. How did you come up with the idea of organizing an event conceived to spread and strengthen Steampunk across the old continent?
A.- Well, I am friends with the sci-fi author Lavie Tidhar who has also written the Bookman series of steampunk books. One day Lavie and I had a conversation via Twitter and he suggested, Europe needed was a big steampunk convention, so I thought: OK, let’s do it!
Q.- There was a fund raising campaign, how do you think that it could have become more successful?
A.- More and better incentives/bonuses for donators, and I think in the current economic situation, most young people (i.e. those below 35) do not have that much money to donate. Also: We got very few donations from outside Europe, there was little interest from the international scene outside Europe for the fundraiser, although Evelyn Kriete helped promote it.
Q.- Would you say that EuroSteam has the potential to become the seed of a Steampunk European Network? Or could we be even more ambitious considering that the EuroSteam organization has been contacted by sympathizers from outside Europe?