Dallas Hosts Goth Festival Convergence For the First Time This Weekend

Panoptikon on S. Pearl Expressway will host the opening night festivities Friday.

Roderick Pullum

Denizens of goth and industrial communities are preparing to descend upon Dallas this weekend. A seminal goth festival, Convergence, is being hosted here for the first time in its 23-year history.

The Convergence festival got its start on online forums in the early ’90s, enabling members of the subculture to foster a wider sense of community. In 1995, two longtime members of these forums decided the interactions should be face-to-face and organized the first Convergence in Chicago. Since then, Convergence has been in a different city every year. Proposals are drafted and submitted to a festival committee, which selects finalists to be voted on by the public.

Arlington couple Ciaran Main and Bella Kurai spearheaded the campaign to get Convergence to come to Dallas. “When we saw the chance to bid on the festival, we thought, ‘Hey, why not? Let’s try it and see what happens,’” Kurai says. “We’re in a good position right now. We both work and own our own business, so we felt like we could back this and make it work.”

Kurai and Main wanted Convergence to come here because they wanted to show others that Dallas is a hub for alternative culture. “We’re big supporters of the local goth community,” Main says. “For years, we’ve tried to do whatever we can to support the scene.”

Once a host city is named, a local committee is responsible for organizing the event. Main and Kurai are the primary financial backers and serve as co-chairs of the Dallas Convergence 23 Committee.

To help them, they enlisted local DJ and musician Joe Virus; DJ and model Missy Morgan; and promoter Lucy Roman, who chaired Convergence when it was in Austin four years ago.

This weekend’s festivities will take place across five Deep Ellum venues: The…

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