Castle Party is the biggest Goth and darkwave festival in Eastern Europe, and has hosted many major stars of the subculture since its beginnings in 1994, when about 300 dark music fans travelled to see five bands who were performing at the Grodziec Castle in Poland, namely Moonlight, Daimonion, T.R.H, Pornografia and Fading Colours. Attendees were so impressed by the event that a similar, two-day event was planned at the castle the following year. The line-up expanded, and the number of attendees also swelled, packing the castle with approximately 800 people.
|The difference between casual Goth and festival wear... imagine wearing THIS on your local high street.|
Personally, I have Castle Party to thank for partly involving me with the 'real' Goth music genre and subculture - when I was searching online for information on Goth, I stumbled across a video of Castle Party attendees (which I have previously posted here) and was instantly hooked.
The idea of holding a Goth fest in a huge, beautiful castle is a truly inspired one... at night, when the main courtyard (which holds the stage) is full, attendees are granted the opportunity to spread out amongst the ruins and explore other parts of the castle grounds. There is of course a market, selling mainly food, drinks and accessories, although professional photographers have been known to sell the snaps they took at previous Castle Parties! Unfortunately, many of the incredible outfits I came across searching 'Castle Party' on Google were heavily copyrighted, but let me assure you, the Eastern Europeans are certainly not letting the side down when it comes to dark fashion.
In 2009, publishers Scriptoris released a book dedicated to the event, entitled Castle Party: Music, People, A Phenomenon, although judging from the fact that searching for the above title turned up no information online, I would have to assume that it is not written in English. However, the book (if you have better luck finding it) contains a collection of interviews from musicians who have performed at Castle Party, the mayor of Bolkow, the owner of one of the clubs that organises the after-party, and comes with a CD containing festival photos, audio interview clips and short films.
|I'm having hair envy. In a big way.|
Listening to: Entre Moi Et Mon Amin - Qntal