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Incubate calls it a day

The dutch festival will not be hosting a 2017 edition due to funding cuts

Dutch festival Incubate has announced that after 13 years in action they have ceased plans to continue this year due to funding cuts. “Incubate is heavily disappointed by the decision of the Municipality of Tilburg to not provide any more funding in 2017,” the statement reads. “This news comes after the Province of Noord-Brabant already cut funding for the coming four years. The organisation finds it financially irresponsible to continue and will therefore cease its activities.”

During its 13 year run the Tilburg based festival has featured artists such Psychic TV, Pauline Oliveros, Sun Ra Arkestra, Fields Of Yhe Nephilim, Shackleton, Mercury Rev, Cabaret Voltaire, and many others. Just last week its name was added to the list of 50 most important festivals of the Netherlands by 3voor12, a Dutch music platform.

“The organisation deeply regrets that, through this decision, Tilburg will lose a unique festival of international standing. This will certainly have an adverse effect on the conditions and opportunities in Tilburg for young artists, emerging bands, recently graduated filmmakers and game developers and progressive, culture-loving citizens,” Incubate’s statement continues. “The organisation entreats that the Municipality of Tilburg will use the now available funds as designated; to provide substantial and accessible art and culture in the city and the wider region. Although there will no longer be a festival held by the organisation, the foundation will continue to exist for now.

“We thank all our artists, visitors, volunteers, supporters and partners for 13 incredible years. It has been a blast!”

You can read the full statement over at the Incubate website.