Incubate is the annual celebration of independent culture in Tilburg, the Netherlands. It is a festival exhibiting 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. Black metal next to free jazz. Refreshing art next to inspiring debate.

Pirate Conference

The Incubate Pirate Conference is a day on Piracy in the Arts in Midi Theater. The Pirate Conference offers reflection on the comprehensive piracy-program of Incubate Festival and on the value of creation in society. Incubate Festival is about artistic progress, that's why the artist also takes a central role in this part of the program.

How to reach optimal creation, development and distribution of ideas within the current state of copyright? A lot of the time, the discussion on Piracy evolves around the economic and legal position of the consumer and producer. This conference is about creation itself though.

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Throughout history, different subcultures and underground scenes have brought on the most innovative ideas. These ideas often have been adopted by businesses later on. These scenes often swam against the current or even acted illegally, but always because they strongly believed that the legal environment didn't match reality. They showed that business sectors could (and should) be developed further, beyond other people's vision. These pirates forced businesses to a difficult decision: ignoring new developments, or competing with the pirates.

What do artists think about the current state of issues? How can they best react to the operation of copyright? What strategies, tactics and interventions can be used? How do we shape creativity and innovation as a society, and what could businesses learn from these tactics? What is the value of free and open culture? The Pirate Conference introduces the pros and cons of the current system of copyright.

10:00 – 11:00: Pirate Breakfast (bar)
10:00 – 17:00: Stands Creative Commons, Buma/Stemra, Bits of Freedom, Pirate Party (lobby)
11:00 – 13:00: Keynote speech Matt Mason and panel discussion (main room)
13:00 – 14:00: Debate contest (bar)
14:00 – 14:30: Rob Scholte lecture (main room)
14:15 – 15:30: Generation Bass forum (bar)
15:00 – 15:30: Xavier Le Roy invites (main room)
16:00 – 17:00: Bomb Squad (main room)
17:00 – 19:00: Drinks (bar)