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Artist, performer and disability advocate
Julia Hales is a performing artist dedicated to sharing the experiences of people living with disabilities, including her own experience of living with Down syndrome. Ms Hales has a 20-year history of with DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts Australia), through which she made the short film Finding Love in 2017. The project led her to collaborate with Perth Festival, and in 2018 she presented the world-premiere of You Know We Belong Together, commissioned by Perth Festival in a co-production with DADAA and Black Swan. The show returned to Black Swan in 2019. Ms Hales regularly volunteers with children with Down syndrome, and speaks at state and national events.