Partnership with Perth Festival

DADAA entered the third year of its four-year partnership with the Perth Festival this year. This is an annual program developed to advance the profile of disability arts through international artist exchanges and professional development opportunities for local artists.

Festival Connect creates community-based projects that resonate with the lives of Western Australians through the exploration of ideas and the sharing of practice. In 2016, Glasgow-based performer with disability Claire Cunningham delivered two performances and ran a week-long series of workshops. In 2017, Jenny Sealey from Graeae Theatre held masterclasses and sector workshops as part of the program.

In 2018 DADAA co-produced with Black Swan Theatre and Perth Festival a brand new show You Know We Belong Together. Featuring writer and actor Julia Hales (pictured above), the work was co-written by Finn O’Branagain with Artistic Director Claire Watson. Julia is a performer and actor with Down Syndrome and her Festival show has emerged from her lifelong dream to be on the TV series Home and Away.

Following sold-out and highly acclaimed performances throughout the Festival, the team is now looking ahead to touring the production.

2016: Claire Cunningham masterclass blog
2017: Jenny Sealey residency blog
2018: You Know We Belong Together


DADAA offers targeted arts and cultural programs that include a broad range of traditional and new media projects in almost 50 Western Australian communities.

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