World Goth Fair in Second Life

Currently underway over the region of cursed in the 2015 Second Life World Goth Fair (WGF). The event started on May 15th, and will run through until midnight, SLT on Monday, June 1st.

Some 40 merchants from across Second Life are participating in the fair, which, in difference to previous years, is restricted to the one region this year – Cursed -, but which is still officially sanctioned by the organisers of  World Goth Day, which this year was marked on Friday May 22nd.

World Goth Fair 2015
World Goth Fair 2015

A further change to this year’s event is that it is not charity-oriented, and it currently appears as if future WGF events will go the same way. The reasons why the fair is both reduced to a single region and is no longer associated with a charity are explained in a blog post by co-organiser Bronxelf. However, and in short, the reasons can be summarised as a) the loss of one of the supporting regions for the event, and that trying to organise the fair in a very active second region has always been problematic; b) problems in dealing with the UK-based Sophie Lancaster Foundation have regretfully forced the WGF organisers to withdraw their support for the charity with this event. At this point in time, they are uncertain if ties with an alternative charity would not result in similar issues.

As is usual for WGF and events at Cursed in general, the fair is an extremely atmospheric event, with the fair this year taking place n an extended churchyard, with the crypts standing as stores, and the Church the main events centre, with mist floating over the ground, statues wreathed in shadows, bats winging overhead, and a pale moon hanging in the sky. There are even local zombies citizens. ready to gnaw on your leg or arm provide assistance, should you need it! 😉 .

World Goth Fair 2015
World Goth Fair 2015

The range of items on offer in the (literally) cryptic shops is obviously focused on the Goth lifestyle, with clothing, jewellery, accessories and furnishing all on offer as one follows the cobbled paths, with many of the crypts decorated by store owners to further enhance the atmosphere and theme of the event. A full list of participating stores and region map can be found on the WGF blog, which also provides updates on events and activities.

So, if you fancy getting your Goth on – hop on over to WGF at Cursed!

World Goth Fair 2015
World Goth Fair 2015

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World Goth Fair 2014

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The World Goth Fair (WGF) started in Second Life on Thursday May 15th, and will run through until Sunday June 1st, 2014.

Over 80 merchants from across Second Life are participating in the fair, which is being held across three regions: Cursed (Adult), Sium (Moderate), and Port Seraphine (Moderate).

While showcasing some of the top designers in Second Life who supply the goth market, the primary aim of the event is to raise funds for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a UK-based charity that was founded in the wake of the brutal murder of Sophie Lancaster, a young woman who was killed for being a goth.

World Goth Fair 2014: Cursed
World Goth Fair 2014: Cursed

The Foundation defines its aims as being:

  • To create a lasting legacy to Sophie
  • To provide educational group-works that will challenge the prejudice and intolerance towards people from alternative subcultures.
  • To campaign to have the UK Hate Crime legislation extended to include people from “alternative subcultures” or “Lifestyle and Dress”

As well as supporting the Foundation, the WGF is also officially sanctioned by the organisers of  World Goth Day, which this year will be marked on Thursday May 22nd.

World Goth Fair 2014: Sium
World Goth Fair 2014: Sium

The three areas of the fair have been individually designed by Fox Nacht (Sium), Lokii Violet (Cursed) and Nephilaine Protaganist (Port Seraphine), and features it own unique look and atmosphere. As well as the stores, gacha, and other attractions, the fair will also feature live entertainment throughout its run – keep an eye on the WGF blog for notices of performances and sets as well as to keep abreast of all the news of the fair.

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