Convergence is an annual Gothy get-together run by and for net.Goths, namely members of the alt.gothic and alt.gothic.fashion newsgroups (and other related Usenet groups). The event has been held since 1995, and was originally intended as a chance for Goths who usually only met on the Internet to spend some time catching up in real life.
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Convergence is a 'floating' event - this means that the location is not fixed; instead, the event is held at a different venue each year. The location is decided by a vote by the net.Goth communities, in response to proposals from volunteer committees. All Convergences have so far been held in North America, although 2011's event looks set to take place in Mexico.
There is no formal Convergence organisation - instead the planning, scheduling, voting and events are taken care of by a reasonably consistent group of volunteers nicknamed 'the Cabal' (an inside joke about what Gothic Charm School refers to as the Goth Cabal, one wonders?). The Cabal are some of the longest-standing members of aforementioned newsgroups and are also responsible for maintaining the Convergence webpage and providing assistance to host committees.
These host committees are ad hoc groups living in that year's host city, who take responsibility for 'looking after' Convergence whilst it is in their area and ensuring that things run smoothly. A large percentage of these volunteers are expected to be members of the alt.gothic newsgroups.
In 2007 a panel made the decision to begin shrinking the size of the event after record numbers attended that year's Convergence. Before 2007, Convergence was rapidly becoming a full-scale Goth fest, including live bands, fashion and art shows, bazaars, club nights, panels and tours of Goth-themed locales in the host city. Since then, the event has been stripped-down to simply a get-together for said net.Goths, losing most of the additional trappings. Numbers have waned to under 200 attendees each year.