Whitby Gothic Weekend, often abbreviated to WGW or simply referred to by attendees as Whitby, is a twice-yearly festival for goths, in Whitby, North Yorkshire, England, organised by Jo Hampshire who runs Top Mum Promotions.

The origins of WGW lie in an ad hoc meeting of around forty pen-pals who Hampshire had met through NME and which was arranged in 1994. Hampshire states that Whitby was chosen for its Dracula connections, although probably more so because this had already fostered a sense of acceptance on the part of locals and businesses rather than any inherent romanticism regarding the location.

The festival was held yearly until 1997, when it became twice-yearly, now held in April and October. It has since grown into one of the most popular gothic events in the world, attracting attendees from across the UK and around the world. The main event is held at the town's 1,000 capacity Whitby Spa Pavilion (known just as ‘The Spa’, this is also where the 'Goth Market' is held); however, other venues such as The Coliseum, Victoria Place are sometimes used for overspill events and various venues including The Resolution, Laughtons and RAW nightclub are used for unofficial events.

Although referred to as a "weekend" it includes events during the day on Friday and Saturday as well as fringe events on the Thursday, Sunday and Monday. These events include additional club nights, markets, and a charity football match between goths and the local newspaper the Whitby Gazette on the Sunday. There are often unofficial day events that vary from year to year including sandcastle building competitions, picnics, photoshoots and boat trips.

The event results in booming business for Whitby pubs such as The Elsinore (where the WGW originally started) and The Little Angel. The October 2007 festival was dedicated to the memory of the murdered goth Sophie Lancaster and a collection was raised of over £3,000 from various events to place a memorial bench to her in Whitby.

Goths descend on UK seaside town of Whitby 2012

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I would love to attend that Goth festival in England. There is also a huge Goth festival in Germany each year.
http://www.wave-gotik-treffen.de/english/

This is the goth festival in Germany that I would love to attend.

The Wav-Gotik-Treffen is on 25 to 28 May in Leipzig and the next WGW is in 31 October to 5 November in Whitby. http://www.whitbygothweekend.co.uk/tickets.php

I am interested in attending and would stay in Leipzig rather than the camping ground, I think.

 

I will check out that link. Sounds great!

Are you going to the festival this year?

Whitby Goth Week-End April 2012

Thanks for that Napoleon. Wish I was there.

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