A guide to Incubate December

November 30, 2016

A guide to Incubate December

Photo by Jostijn Ligtvoet

On December 10 and 11 Tilburg will again be home to the Incubate festival. It brings more than 60 artists in an intimate context to an international audience. Incubate is known for its diverse line-up, ranging from music, arts, film and this time around even a comic fair! With over 10 venues, Incubate might awe you in its scope. That's why we set up this handy survival guide to make sure you will get the most out of your visit. 

We have also made a page with answers to your most prominent questions. Check out this practical information and feel free to contact us via social media if you have any unanswered questions.



Ranging from black metal to free-jazz and back to electronic music, Incubate has a lot to offer in terms of music. We divided our line-up in various genres to give you a quick overview on what we have to offer. You can check out all of the performing artists and projects on our line-up page.


Olaf Holzapfel

On Saturday 10th of December Olaf Holzapfel will do a special performance with a group of participants and craftsmen, around the noble art of rope making. Making a rope from straw is a complex process, a traditional craft that few still master. Tilburg is known for its history in textiles and the use of flax and hemp, as traditionally hemp was grown for processing into rope. As Incubate always connects artists with visitors and history with contemporary art, we invite all those interested to join us and Holzapfel in this special performance.


Der Bunker

On the closing day of our December edition Incubate presents a cinematic special around the work of German director Nikias Chryssos. We will show Chryssos’s directorial debut movie Der Bunker (2015), an intriguing horror-comedy that received praise and a number of awards from ao the French Mauvais Genre Film Festival and Ithaca International Fantastic Film Festival. Der Bunker centers around an eccentric family suffering from delusions of grandeur with regard to their son Klaus, and a student temporarily living with them to finish his thesis.

Chryssos himself will be present to participate in a Q&A with the audience after the screening.


This surrealistic short film that was made before ‘Der Bunker’ is about life and death and defines director Chrysoss’ tone of directing. The story is about a boy visiting his dying grandfather Werner, an avid collector of everything that once walked, crawled, swam or flew but is now dead hanging on the wall. The old man insists that they drink a psychedelic Indian potion together, have a tussle, discuss women and retrieve memories. They communicate as strangers and as the two generations are miles apart, the mansion serves as a symbolic farewell.

The Grandfather is full of witty details and made up of images that you would normally only encounter in nightmares.

Comic Fair

Wobby Comic Fair

Together with Tilburg natives, comic creators and founders of the small press magazine ‘Wobby’, Incubate is proud to add a Comic Fair to its December edition. This will be accompanied by an English edition of the Wobby magazine, with contributions from international comic makers. There will also be talks, performances and interviews, but the main event will be your chance to meet and see some of your favorite comic book creators.

Incubate Zero (FREE!)

Zero programme #incu16

Incubate Zero is the freely accesible programme of Incubate. A little taste of the festival so you can decide if you want more. After the success of the previous Incubate Zero programmes, we're proud to host another free offering of artists. You can check out the details on this page.


With over 60 artists and different disciplines we can understand you might have some trouble planning all of that awesomeness. Below you'll find some options to make your life during #incu16 a bit easier.

Timetable - My Incubate

You can use the My Incubate function to create your own time schedule with your favorite artists in just a few clicks. This gives you a personalized schedule showcasing all of your favorite acts. If you pick up your wristband at the Incubate ticket & info center you will also receive a printed version of the timetable. Keep in mind that times and venues in our timetable are subject to change.

Where to stay?

You can stay at the Mercure or Ibis hotel in Tilburg or check booking.com for an overview on hotels in and around Tilburg.

Tilburg has a quite vibrant couchsurfing community, especially during festivals like ours. Check the Tilburg page and drop your request. We're active users of couchsurfing.com, helping you to find a decent place to crash.

To rent a room or apartment or an entire house in Tilburg and surroundings, check Airbnb.com.


Stay tuned at our Facebook page, make sure to let your friends know your coming by attending the Incubate December event and follow us on Twitter for all practical info!

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