2005 - 2009 (as ZXZW)2009 - present (as Incubate)
|Genre||Rock, Alternative rock, Indie rock, Dance, World music, Punk rock, Electronic music, Reggae, Folk music, Metal, Visual arts, Film.|
Incubate is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. It takes place every September. Incubate began in 2005 as ZXZW, but changed its name in 2009 to "Incubate" after a request from the Austin, US-based festival SXSW.
The festival exhibits a diverse view on indie culture as a whole, including music, contemporary dance, film and visual arts. It brings more than 200 cutting edge artists in an intimate context to an international audience. Performances as varied as black metal, free jazz, street art and academic dance all take place alongside one another.
Besides the yearly festival the organisation also hosts monthly showcases of bands under the name Incubated.
In 2005 ZXZW started as a two-day underground punk, hardcore and electronic music festival with 47 artists. Within three years it developed into a festival which spreads over 8 days and welcomes over 200 artists. The festival not only broadened its program by adopting a wide range of musical styles (from jazz to free folk and dance), but also by programming film, lectures and visual arts. All this happens in small clubs, pubs and galleries around Tilburg. In 2008 the people of Tilburg voted for ZXZW as the best event in their town.
Incubate has an independent culture blog, a blog on non-Western dance music, hosts several art-nights throughout the year and released the Social Festival Model: a wiki-styled website (using Wetpaint) where everybody can read and alter the business, marketing and policy plans.
Editions and performances (selection)
Incubate has grown from a one-day music event with a pre-party in 2005 to, by 2009, a multidisciplinary art festival lasting more than a week.
The first edition of the ZXZW festival, between September 24 and September 25, featured 48 acts on 7 locations. It was started by Ries Doms, Vincent Koreman, Alex van Wijk and Frank Kimenai.
The third ZXZW festival took place on September 16 and September 23. The volume of the music program increased to 151 bands that played at the festival. There were also other art forms displayed this time: Visual arts, Dance and cinema were added to the line-up. ZXZW 2007 took place at 27 locations, one of those was a squat where young musicians played compositions by young composers. This concept was called ‘Kraaklink’ and has been continued as series the next years.
|Performing artists in 2007 (Selection)|
The fourth edition of ZXZW was hosted between September 14 and September 21, 2008. Most notable were the performances of the Sun Ra Arkestra. They performed six times in seven days at the festival, emphasizing different aspects of the musical legacy of Sun Ra every day. New this year was the special program ‘Norwegian Invasion’ in which several Norwegian artists took a central place. Also there was a multidisciplinary program (‘Svart Kunststykke’) aimed at the black metal genre in both music (Watain, Glorior Belli) and the visual arts (Erik Smith, Peter Beste). The Shape of Breakcore 2 Cum was a program for electronic dance music and also the Eurovision Noise Contest was held.
|Performing artists in 2008 (Selection)|
The sixth edition of Incubate festival took place from September 12 until September 19, 2010. The theme for this edition was Piracy. Around this theme several events were held, such as The Kiosk of Piracy, Pirate Cinema and the Pirate Conference. More info about this and other info about the festival can be found on the website.
The 2011 edition of Incubate festival took place from September 12 until September 18, 2011.
The eighth edition of Incubate took place from Monday, September 10 to Sunday September 16. The festival attracted more than 15,000 visitors from all over the world.
|Performing artists in 2012 (Selection)|
Theatre (Zeebelt in Residence)
Argument, Bibliotheek Tilburg Centrum, BKKC, Boerderij 't Schop, Café De Plaats, Cul de Sac, De Beukentuin, De NWE Vorst, De Verschijning, Dolfijn Bowling, Duvelhok, Extase, Factorium, Filmfoyer, Galerie Kokon, Hall of Fame, Kafee 't Buitenbeentje, Koepelhal, Koningsplein, Kraakpand / Squat, Kunstpodium T, Little Devil, Mayor's Room, Muzentuin, NS16, Open Air Stage, Paradox, Pauluskerk, Pieter Vreedeplein, Poppodium 013, Ruimte X, Scryption, Sounds, Studio, Synagoge, Theaters Tilburg, V39, Virginarty, Weemoed, Willemsplein, Zaal 16.
- Incubate 2010