Going Dutch Festival

The Going Dutch Festival, produced by Side Street Studio Arts, is a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. Our 11th annual festival will be a bit different, but will be held virtually and around downtown Elgin June 4-13, 2021.

The GD Festival is supported in part by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.




Q. What is Going Dutch?


A. GD is a celebration of the female 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 artists: Going Dutch provides the platform, you provide the voice. Artists included in the festival get space, tech support, marketing, program inclusion, ticket support, stipend (for performing artists), 100% of sales (visual artists), event attendance and networking opportunities, and access to a decade-long community of GD artists.

Artists are responsible for development, casting, rehearsal, creation, and presentation of their work. 

Stipend amounts are decided by the GD Committee based upon a number of factors within the submission: quality of submission, description of work, number of performers, etc.


Q. When does the call for the GD festival go out?


A. December of the year before.


Q. What can I expect from a GD performance?


A. Each performance is 90 minutes or less and very different from one to the next. This allows you to spend the day with us, exploring different art modes, taking a chance on artists new to you, and supporting the creativity of these talented women. Some are one-woman shows, others are five different dance companies each showing one work, still others will jump from music to performance art to media. You will not see the same thing twice! New for 2019, all performances will be held in non-traditional, intimate spaces, allowing the audience and the performances to create community. 


Q. Where is the Going Dutch Festival located?


A. For the fourth year, 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! 


Q. What does my festival pass get me?


A. Entrance to all GD activities! You can see all performances, take master classes, and attend special events. All for just $25 online ahead of time/$30 at the door. 

Upon purchase, your tickets/passes will be available for you at any of the GD box offices, located at all performance venues during the festival.


Q. How do single tickets work?


We are offering day passes and festival passes ONLY! So, you can purchase a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday day pass for only $10 online ahead of time or $12 at the door, and get into all GD activities for that day. 

Upon purchase, your Day Pass will be available for you at any of the GD box offices, located at all performance venues during the festival


Q. Where is the visual art?

A. The visual art will be located in the Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts, located at 15 Ziegler Ct..


Q. What does suggested donation mean?


A. As a non-profit organization, we are not legally able to charge an admission, but this works in support of the mission of Side Street Studio Arts. While we hope you are able to "throw in" at the door, we know not everyone who will love all of this activity can afford to do so. Pay what you can.

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