FAQ

COVID-19 MEASURES

Last updated: 0604-2022 – 17:34 PM   

As soon as the Dutch government announces new measures, this page will be updated with the latest developments.

At this moment The Netherlands have dropped all COVID-19 related restrictions. You can visit venues without showing a corona entry ticket, and wearing a facemask in public areas is no longer required. But for the safety of others, if you have symptoms that suggest you may have COVID-19, remain inside wherever you are staying and arrange to get yourself tested. Don’t forget to check the restrictions in your own country concerning traveling to The Netherlands as well. 

 

TRAVELING TO THE NETHERLANDS

Travel well prepared and know what you need to arrange before you travel to the Netherlands (even when you’re already vaccinated): reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en

 

How to get a self test?

In every supermarket and drugstore you can buy a self test. Every self test contains a description on how to use it correctly. For trustworthy results make sure to follow the description precisely. 

 

Follow the basic rules
Follow the basic rules during your stay in the Netherlands to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
– Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
– If you have symptoms that suggest you may have COVID-19, remain inside wherever you are staying and arrange to be tested. Get self tested or call 0800-1202 or +31 850 659 063 to arrange an appointment.
These basic rules also apply even if you have been vaccinated.

 

TESTS

Q: Do I need to get tested to go to the battles, shows or workshops?

A: No, you don’t have to get tested for the entrance of the battles, shows and workshops. But if you have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, we are kindly asking you to use a self test. This is for the safety of others and everybody at the festival. 

Q: Will you be offering (free) self-tests or rapid antigen tests?

A: No, we do not offer tests. You can buy a self test at any supermarket and drugstore. 

Q: Do I still have to get tested if I am (fully) vaccinated?

A: If you have any symptoms that suggest you may have COVID-19, you should get tested even though you are (fully) vaccinated. 

Q: How much does it cost to get a self test?

A: The cost of one single self test is between three and four euros. In every supermarket and drugstore you can buy a self test. Every self test contains a description on how to use it correctly. For trustworthy results make sure to follow the description precisely. 

Q: What if I test positive using a self test?

If the result of your self-test is positive, you should get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) as soon as possible and go into self quarantine. To make an appointment with the GGD, use this linkPlease inform the people you have been with the last couple of days, so they can get tested as well. 

Q: What are the measures in this country?

A: Currently, only the basic measures apply in The Netherlands. These are: 

-Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.

-If you have COVID-19 symptoms: stay at home and do a self-test or get tested by the municipal health service (GGD) as soon as possible. Even if you’ve been vaccinated.

-Ensure a good flow of fresh air indoors (which is the case in all the venues we organize the festival).

Check out the website of the Dutch government for more information. With these measures Summer Dance Forever follows the guidelines of the Dutch government. If you are unsure whether you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check.

 

TRAVELING TO THE NETHERLANDS

Travel well prepared and know what you need to arrange before you travel to the Netherlands (even when you’re already vaccinated): reizentijdenscorona.rijksoverheid.nl/en

 

Q: If I am coming from a foreign country, do I need to have a negative PCR test to travel to The Netherlands?

A: This depends on the country where you’re from. Check this website of the Dutch government for more information. For some countries there is an EU entry ban if you are not fully vaccinated.

Q: If I am coming from a foreign country, does that mean I have to go in quarantine?

A: This depends on the country where you’re from. Check this website of the Dutch government for the measures per country. For some countries there is an EU entry ban if you are not fully vaccinated.

 

TICKETS

Q: In what case will I get a refund from my ticket?

A: You can get a refund if the Dutch government tightens the measures whereby the festival cannot proceed as planned. If this happens we will give you a choice between pushing your ticket to next year, getting a refund or getting a voucher which you can spend on future tickets. 

Q: What happens to my ticket if at the last minute it appears that I have corona, have to wait for the results of a coronatest or am in quarantine for another reason?

A: Please stay home if you have corona, have to wait for the results of a coronatest or are in quarantine for another reason, to make sure you don’t infect all the other festival visitors. Unfortunately, you will not get a refund if you can’t come to the festival because you have corona. 

Q: What happens to my ticket if the measures in my country get tightened which means I cannot travel or enter The Netherlands? 

A: If you are not allowed to travel, if the Netherlands does not allow foreigners to enter or if there’s an entry ban for your country, you unfortunately will not get a refund. Please check this website for more information. You can get a refund if the Dutch government tightens the measures whereby the festival cannot proceed as planned. 

Q: What happens to my ticket if the measures in my country get tightened which means that I have to go in quarantine when I return?

A: When you can travel to The Netherlands, but there’s a quarantine obligation when you’re traveling back, you can take this into account. We encourage everyone to stick to the regulations in The Netherlands and in your own country. If you decide not to come, it’s not possible to return your ticket or get a refund.

Q: What happens to my ticket if the Dutch government tightens the measures which causes Summer Dance Forever to not follow through as planned?

A: There are three possibilities: the validity of your ticket will be moved to next year, you can get a voucher or you can get your money back.

Q: Can I sell my ticket to someone else if I can’t attend the event anymore?

A: We always advise against resale. We can’t guarantee that the resold ticket will give access to the event. In addition to that, we can’t give the person that buys your ticket any updates on the last regulations of the government.

Q: Can I buy a ticket at the door or only online?

A: Yes, you can buy tickets at the door as well, as long as it is not sold out. But please keep in mind that tickets at the door are more expensive than when you purchase them online! And some events do sell out beforehand!

Q: Do I need to show my ID at the door?

A: No, you don’t have to show your ID at the door. 

OTHER 

Q: When must I stay at home?

A: Have you been experiencing any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Temperature above 38 degrees
  • Shortness of breath
  • Do you have a positive self test?
  • Do you have a positive GGD test?
  • Are you currently in quarantine due to being in contact with a corona-patient?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, do not attend any of the events.

If you have any questions about coronavirus, you can call the public information number 0800-1351 (or +31 20 205 1351 from outside the Netherlands) between 8.00 and 20.00.

Q: Do I need to self-quarantaine if the person I live with has tested positive?

A: If someone you live with has coronavirus, you do not need to self-quarantine if you received your booster vaccination at least 1 week ago, if you have recovered from corona in the year 2022. But only if you do not have any symptoms. If you want to know if you need to self-quarantine, do the Quarantine Check on quarantainecheck.rijksoverheid.nl.

Q: Is the 1,5 meter distance and wearing a mouth mask mandatory?

A: The 1,5 meter distance and wearing a mouth mask is no longer mandatory since the 23rd of March. This also applies for public transport, it is no longer mandatory to wear a mouth mask. Even though these measures are no longer valid, you can always choose to wear a mouth mask for your own safety. Also, take each other into account. If someone chooses to wear a face mask, ask for you to get self tested before a meeting or keep distance, respect those choices from others. 

Q: Will the event be seated?

A: Partially. The theatre shows will be seated, battles and club nights will not be seated.

Q: What are the corona measures for the battles in Paradiso?

A: You can check the current corona measures in Paradiso on their website

Q: What are the corona measures for the theatre shows in the ITA? 

A: You can check the current corona measures in ITA on their website

Q: What are the corona measures for the theatre show and seminar in the OBA? 

A: You can check the current corona measures in OBA on their website

TICKETS

Q: When and where can I buy separate tickets for events?

A: Separate tickets for events are on sale from 16th of June at 14:00 (GMT+1) via https://www.summerdanceforever.com/tickets 

Q: Is it possible to buy a complete festival package and go to all the battles and theatre shows?

For Summer Dance Forever 2021: We won’t be selling festival packages this year due to corona measures. You can buy separate tickets for each event.

For Summer Dance Forever 2022 and further: A: The 9 days pass gives you entrance to all the events: preselections, battles, theatre shows and parties. For some events, mainly some of the theatre shows and the seminar, there is limited capacity and entrance is on a first come, first serve basis. There has always been plenty of capacity at the preselections, battles and some of the theatre shows in larger venues.

Q: Can I buy tickets for my friends as well?

A: Yes, you can buy up to 8 tickets per event.

Q: Something didn’t go right with buying my ticket.

A: Try to find the answer to your question on the customer service page of Paylogic or Seetickets. If you can’t figure out what went wrong, please take a screenshot and send it to info@summerdanceforever.com

BATTLES AND PRESELECTIONS

Q: I want to participate in one of the battles not as an audience but as a contestant. Where can I get the information?

For Summer Dance Forever 2021: The preselections are online this year, so if you want to have a shot at participating in the battles in Paradiso, register here.

For Summer Dance Forever 2022 and further: Anyone can participate in the preselections, you just need to buy a ticket and show up on time for registration. During the preselections the dancers are selected for the battle. 

More information about the preselections can be found later on our website: https://www.summerdanceforever.com//program

Q: How can I battle?

For Summer Dance Forever 2021: The only way to battle in Paradiso is if you make it through the online preselections. Registration can be done right here.

For Summer Dance Forever 2022 and further: 

  1. Buy ticket for preselection
  2. Register at the venue on day of preselection
  3. Show what you’ve got at preselection
  4. Get selected at preselection, only selected dancers can battle
  5. Bring it to the battle!

THEATRE FOREVER

Q: What is Theatre Forever?

A: As part of the festival, Summer Dance Forever presents the most thrilling and breath-taking hiphop theatre performances from around the globe. This is what we call Theatre Forever.

At Summer Dance Forever internationally acclaimed choreographers and companies present their latest pieces at the best cultural locations in Amsterdam, including the national theatre.

Q: What are the Theatre competitions?

Our Theatre Competition is an international contest that showcases global Solo and Duo performances. Various styles as means of expression, ranging from house, hiphop, waacking, jazz and more.

WORKSHOPS

Q: I would like to know some more about the dance workshops. 

  • Can anyone register? 
  • Is there an age limit? 
  • Is there any required experience? 

A: Anyone can participate in the workshops, you only need to buy a ticket. The workshops are for serious dancers who want to work on their skills and techniques, this means that we advise to have some previous dance experience but you don’t have to have a certain level of experience. There is no set age limit, but probably 12 years or older is a good mainstay.

Q: Is it possible for someone with little prior experience in dancing to take part in the workshops of Summer Dance Forever?
A: The workshops are for serious dancers who want to work on their skills and techniques, this means that we advise to have some previous dance experience but you don’t have to have a certain level of experience. The teachers try to accommodate for different levels in the class.

Q: I noticed some teachers have more than one class during the week. Will they be teaching different things each class, or will it be the same information?
A: Each class will be a little different, as the teachers also adapt the class to the dancers who are taking it. Often we see dancers taking more than one class by the same teacher, to keep learning from the same teacher and developing their skills.

LOCATIONS / VENUES

Q: Where do all the events take place?

A: The venues where Summer Dance Forever mostly takes place are Paradiso, Internationaal Theater Amsterdam and Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam. Locations are mentioned with each event in the program overview. For more information check https://www.summerdanceforever.com//program

Q: Am I allowed to make video’s and photo’s during the battles?
A: We ask everyone kindly to keep your phone in your pocket during the preselections and battles. We’re filming everything for you and work as fast as possible to have it ready for you asap.

NEWSLETTER

Q: Can you please get me on the mailing list?

A: You can subscribe to our newsletter right here! Due to European law you have to subscribe yourself, we can not add you to our mailling list.

INVITATION FOR VISA

Q: I need an invitation for a visa application, can you send me an invitation?
A: We’re sorry to tell you we won’t give out invitation letters this year (2021). A lot is still very uncertain about the Dutch and EU regulations regarding COVID-19 and people traveling from outside the EU. We had to make this decision because we do not want to keep you waiting any longer and do not want to get your hopes up.
In 2022 we can send you an invitation to the festival again. Please send your full name, date of birth, passport and nationality to info@summerdanceforever.com in order to receiver an invitation. Please note that all expenses concerning your trip: travel costs, expenses for accommodation, food and tickets for the festival are at your own cost. Also, please send us a couple of links to your dance clips.