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Erin Rehberg

12th annual Going Dutch Festival is a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts

The 12th annual Going Dutch Festival, produced by Side Street Studio Arts, is a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts. The Festival will be held in Elgin, IL June 3-12, 2022. We will be showing GD visual art virtually and live in-person in the Gallery at Side Street Studio Arts, AND we will be hosting two week-long installation artist residencies!

The GD Festival is produced by Side Street Studio Arts and supported in part by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, Grand Victoria Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, Logan Foundation, and Palmer Foundation

This year we are thrilled to offer stipend support for the installation residencies! Artists selected will share their process, show work in the festival, and lead workshops or talks, as they see fit. Stipends/commissions will range from $250 to $1000 and will be determined at the time of your festival acceptance by Monday, February 14. Those interested must fill out the appropriate question in the application below.

Going Dutch FAQ

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 the 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 the 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 and beyond, 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 fifth 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 $15.

Upon purchase, your name will be on the guest list at the door of all selected events.

Q. Where is the visual art?
A. The visual art will be located in the Theater at Side Street Studio Arts, located at 15 1/2 Ziegler Ct.

Q. What Covid precautions are being taken?

A. Enhanced cleaning strategies have been implemented in all spaces. Limited capacities will be enforced. Properly worn masks are required at all events.

Saturday, January 31, 2022 at 10am (no late submissions will be accepted)
Artist notifications will be sent by Monday, February 14.

Email Erin Rehberg at

Please fill out a separate form for each work submitted.

Deadline: 01.30.2022
Name: Erin Rehberg
Address: 15 Zeigler Ct
Phone: 8474292276