Over the long Whitsun weekend, Leipzig will once again present itself as the host of the black scene: Countless Gothic fans from all over the world are expected at the 28th Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT) on the Pleiße. Cathrine Marie, born and raised in Algonac, Michigan in the American Midwest, first saw the spectacular festival five years ago – and it has been her highlight of the year ever since. The 34-year-old has lived in Germany since 2012 and met Jurek (38), who was born in Leipzig, through a dating app. They said yes in June 2014 – all in black, of course.
Homestory in the east of Leipzig
In the Sellerhausen-Stünz district of Leipzig, the couple lives with the naked cat Loki and Hany, a black room tiger, in a two-room apartment in an old building. However, the artist and the logistician would like more space and a place to stay with a balcony in the future, so that their furnishing dreams can come true. It’s too cramped for the two of them with their four-legged friends in the 55 square meters.
Cathrine Marie, nicknamed Cat, works as a music journalist, photographer, model and make-up artist. “This year the WGT is not just fun for me, because I have a press pass and write concert reviews for the Internet portal ‘The Independence Voice’ and for the ‘Metal Rules’ web magazine,” says the American in everyday life Gothic outfit.
WGT is the world’s largest hot spot
Jurek, who has been in the black scene since 2004, is particularly looking forward to interesting encounters with many people. “This time, a friend from St. Petersburg will be sleeping on the sofa bed in our living room. We like guests. Cat loves cooking and trying new things, ”the husband chats. “I can only do scrambled eggs, but wash the dishes,” he says, almost apologetically. The young woman with the sidecut likes it American, Italian and Asian. Last week she cooked Mexican for a friend – he has not liked any other food since then, she says and has to laugh out loud.
Black wallpaper and extravagant decoration
The fact that almost everything in their life revolves around Black Metal, Gothic Rock, Dark Wave and Symphonic Metal is not only impressively on my ears, but also in their jointly furnished apartment, which is presented in a black look. In the living room, you papered a large wall yourself for the very first time. The black patterned non-woven wallpaper in Baroque style makes the room shine stately. The painted pictures all come from the lady of the house, who would prefer to paper all the rooms in a larger apartment, buy new furniture and collect lots of records.
The black coffee table, on which candles and small metal skulls stand, and the coffin-shaped wardrobe and the black four-poster bed, on which the naked cat likes to loll during the day, are extravagant. By the way, there are only black clothes in the closet – Jurek’s T-shirts and pants, as well as his wife’s corsages, dresses and shirts. The lavish headgear and jewelry on the shelves are all Made by Cat.