top of page
GD letters.jpg

Going Dutch Festival

The Going Dutch Festival is a celebration of female and nonbinary voices in the arts.



In 2024, the 14th year of Going Dutch, the project is moving from a short festival to a residency series to give GD artists the resources to build groundbreaking creative work and better connect the talents and voices of GD artists with Elgin area artists and audiences. 

The Going Dutch Festival is produced by Side Street Studio Arts with support from the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission.

Screen Shot 2019-11-30 at 9.58.36 PM.png


Applications are now closed.

Call for performing/interdisciplinary/mixed media/installation/the undefined artists.

Looking to create new or build upon existing performance, performance-adjacent, immersive installation, works in a new environment?



Going Dutch Festival Committee:

Going Dutch Festival Crew:

Erin Rehberg, Amanda Harris, Jess Rocha, Luiza Moraes

Tanner Melvin, Erin Rehberg, Amanda Harris, Jess Rocha, Luiza Moraes

Going Dutch FAQ

Q. What is Going Dutch?

A. GD is a celebration of the female and nonbinary voice in dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. When Core Project founded Going Dutch years ago, we were looking for a title that was about singularity and individualism, as so many female choreographers (only at that point) were underrepresented and/or lumped into larger regional or national representations.


As Going Dutch has grown, expanded, and become a multi-disciplinary festival, the meaning has transitioned to represent the ideals of self-support, sustainability, and representation.

Going Dutch was originally developed to address the underrepresentation of female choreographers in the dance world. As the idea grew into a festival over the years, it expanded to include the work of self-identified female artists working in music, theater, site-specific, and visual art as well as dance.

For years, Going Dutch has been inclusive of nonbinary artists, both as applicants and within the context the creative groups involved in the festival. However, this support had not yet made it into our mission, nor our committee, but we are now doing just that. The 13th Going Dutch Festival was our first official celebration of female and nonbinary voices in the arts.

From the beginning, GD was about providing a platform for underrepresented artists, we honor that this term extends well beyond those who identify as female, and, in our current home of Elgin, IL, know that both female and nonbinary artists deserve this platform and support.


Q. Where is the Going Dutch Festival located?

A. The festival will be hosted in various venues in downtown Elgin, approximately 40 miles outside of Chicago. Check out a map of downtown Elgin, including where all our FREE PARKING is located! 

Past GD

Take a glimpse into previous Going Dutch!

bottom of page