Incubate is the annual celebration of independent culture. Expect a diverse view on indie culture as a whole, including music, contemporary dance, film and visual arts. We bring more than 200 cutting edge artists in an intimate context to an international audience. Black metal next to free jazz. Street art next to academic dance.

Mr. Keen


At Incubate we love to innovate. So every year we organize the Incubate Innovation Lecture about innovation in the cultural territory. This year Incubate invited Andrew Keen to give a keynote speech. Keen is a web entrepreneur as well as a web critic. In 1995 he founded Audiocafe.com and built it into a well-known first generation Internet music company. But after a while, Keen saw the negative impact of the democratization of the internet and the web 2.0 hype.

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He wrote The Cult of the Amateur, which became an international bestseller and earned Andrew Keen the nickname 'The Antichrist of Silicon Valley'. He has written for many other publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Guardian, Forbes, The Weekly Standard, Prospect, Fast Company and Entertainment Weekly. Currently he is a columnist for the Daily Telegraph.
After the keynote speech, a discussion between an international panel of experts from the fields of arts, economy and politics will take place. Panelist will be Konrad Boehmer, Hans Abbing, Amelia Andersdotter and James Kirby. The discussion will be moderated by Xandra Schutte.

The Incubate Innovation Lecture is organized in cooperation with BKKC, Muziekcentrum Nederland and De Groene Amsterdammer and is part of the ambition of Brabant to become European Capital of Culture in 2018.


Andrew Keen speaking about 'The Cult of the Amateur'