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Julia Hales (WA)

Profile image of Julia Hales, a woman in her thirties with shoulder length brown hair and a blue cardigan. She wears glasses and is smiling.

Keynote Speaker, Pathways Panel, Dream Big workshop

Julia Hales is a performer and writer with a 20-year history of working with DADAA in Western Australia to develop and realise her artistic goals. She is a highly valued member of DADAA’s staff and facilitator of arts workers. Julia is also active in the WA Down Syndrome community.

Julia is a dedicated performer who creates work focused on universal desires of identity, fame and love. She is in constant pursuit of performance opportunities and skill development and has co-devised her own work and performed at the State Theatre Centre of WA, The Blue Room Theatre, PICA and on ABC radio. She also performance with KCAT in Callan, Ireland in 2008. In 2015, Julia was accepted into the Arts Access Australia and Australia Council for the Arts’ SYNC leadership program. In 2015 and 2016 she worked on the DADAA/Hydra Poesis project Digital Dialogues, and began the process of researching and developing a new performance work, ‘Finding Love’. A grant from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2017 gave her the opportunity to collaborate on the writing and workshopping of this work with playwright Finn O’BranagĂ in. ‘Finding Love’ evolved into ‘You Know We Belong Together’, a Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Festival and DADAA co-production.

‘You Know We Belong Together’ was premiered in the 2018 Perth Festival to sell out audiences, receiving glowing reviews. Julia continues to develop her own and collaborative works and looks forward to speaking at Meeting Place in 2018.

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Meeting Place 2018

24 - 26 September

Araluen Arts Centre, 61 Larapinta Drive
Alice Springs, NT 0870