World Goth Day Date in the current year: May 22, 2017

World Goth Day World Goth Day is an annual international holiday celebrated on May 22. It was created to celebrate the goth scene and raise awareness of the goth subculture around the world.

The goth subculture began to emerge in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s. Its development was closely connected to gothic rock, a subgenre of post-punk. The goth subculture has associated tastes in music (gothic rock, darkwave, post-punk, industrial, deathrock, neoclassical, ethereal wave), fashion (black clothing, period-style clothing, dark makeup) and aesthetics.

World Goth Day was created in the UK in 2009. BBC Radio 6 hosted a series of events dedicated to different subcultures throughout a week in May. Gothic DJs Martin OldGoth and Cruel Britannia helped put together a show focusing on goth music. The event was a success and they decided to create World Goth Day that would take place every year.

World Goth Day is dedicated to various aspects of the gothic subculture such as music, fashion and art. Events held on this day include concerts, fashion shows, art exhibitions, and more. In some countries, there also are charity events that aim to combat prejudice and hatred against subcultures. For example, in the UK such evens are organized by the Sophie Lancaster Foundation. Sophie Lancaster was a 20-year old student murdered for wearing goth clothes.

Alongside the United Kingdom, World Goth Day is celebrated in other countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Macedonia, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

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