From Rations to Wages to Treaty

From Rations to Wages to Treaty

First Nations singer songwriter, Uncle Joe Geia and his band combine his songs, video, and storytelling to warmly introduce audiences to the lives of some of Australia’s most important and influential Indigenous leaders.

Geia’s authenticity, reputation, and experience make such a telling possible. This musician’s musician has walked the story.

Through his show From Rations To Wages To Treaty, Joe Geia brings audiences an opportunity to learn, reflect, and — above all — celebrate the lives and work of Indigenous leaders and activists in a way that brings people together in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

At a time when an Indigenous ‘Voice to Parliament’ is forefront, the voice of Joe Geia is more important than it has ever been. From Rations To Wages To Treaty is a show that Australians simply cannot afford to miss.


  • Writer and Creator: Joe Geia
  • Musicians: Joe Geia (lead vocals/guitar); Ruth Ross Pe’er (Violin); Phill McKenna (Bass); Avau Fanene (drums); Michael Sunjay Jude (Keyboards); Graham Moes (Lead guitar)
  • Background visuals including original artwork by Joe Geia, archival footage and footage from Nic Morley and Lyn Geia
  • Sound technician: Marcello Milani


  • Food and Beverage: Alcohol and drinks will be available for purchase pre-show. There are multiple local cafes and restaurants within walking distance.
  • Parking: Shared carparking around Jack Morgan Park with some dedicated accessible parking spaces.
  • Duration: 2 hours.


This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist

Visual Content Rating
50: This work is a mix of visual and aural elements. There may be dialogue included in aural elements.

Companion Cards
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Any other access requirements
We welcome all audiences to Horizon Festival and strive to make every event and performance as accessible as possible.

We are always open to discussing your individual requirements to assist wherever possible. If you’d like to speak to someone about your access requirements, please contact us during business hours at (07) 5475 7272 or

Wheelchair Accessibility
This venue is accessible to people who use wheelchairs. There is parking available around Jack Morgan Park with some dedicated accessible parking spaces close to the entry point of the venue.

There is no allocated seating at this event. Horizon Festival staff will be onsite to assist patrons to their seats. Please make a note if wheelchair or special needs access is required when booking your ticket.

Accessible bathrooms are available.

Level Access
This venue has ground level access throughout without needing to use a lift.

Low Lighting
This venue may feature low lighting during the performance. A level of lighting will be provided to assist in moving around the space safely.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms
All accessible bathrooms are gender-neutral and located in the hallway of the main foyer.

Baby Changing Facilities
Baby changing tables and waste bins are available within all accessible bathrooms, located in the hallway of the main foyer.

  • Suitable for all ages
  • Loud Noises (Live Music)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following exhibition may contain images of deceased and living persons
  • No flash photography
  • No videography or live streaming

This event is presented as part of Horizon Festival 2023, the Sunshine Coast’s leading multi-arts festival. Get lost in 10 days of must-see art, music, culture events and more, from the coast to the hinterland.

How to get there

From Rations to Wages to Treaty

Coolum Civic Centre / 2-4 Park St, Coolum Beach / Kabi Kabi Country