• A special series of Masterpieces from Paris events, four nights only
  • 5:30–11:00 pm
  • Late-night viewing of the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition until 9:00 pm
  • Live concert and music
  • Free exhibition audio tours
  • Champagne Pol Roger Sculpture Bar, open until 11:00 pm
  • Late night shopping and 10% discount in exhibition shop
  • Adults $70 per night (no concessions)
  • NGA Member $60 per night
  • 18+ event
  • Download flyer (pdf, 500 kb)
  • Dowload event information (pdf, 160 kb)

Starry Nights images from the NGA's Flickr photo stream

What happens if it rains?

  • As elements of Starry Nights take place outdoors, the event is subject to changing weather conditions. The outdoor event will continue in the case of rain and will only be cancelled if the weather conditions are considered dangerous by event management. This may occur at short notice, in which case patrons can obtain a full refund from place of purchase. Indoor events will proceed as scheduled.
  • The decision to cancel the outdoor entertainment for Starry Nights will be made by event management in the interest of public and performer safety
  • All ticket holders are advised to make provision for wet weather. We strongly recommend you bring your own wet weather gear. The use of umbrellas during performances is not permitted as it obstructs the view of other audience members
  • In the unlikely occurrence that the event is cancelled, information will be posted on the event website and communicated through local radio.Event organisers will take all reasonable efforts to notify of a cancellation ASAP, however due to the unpredictability of a change in weather conditions, cancellations may be at short notice

phone 02 6240 6411

Headline acts commence at 9:00 pm
Gallery acts commence at 5:30 pm

Friday 5 March
Renée Geyer
Gallery act: The Liam Budge Trio

Saturday 6 March
The Black Sorrows
Gallery act:The Hannah James Trio

Friday 12 March
Clare Bowditch Trio
Gallery act: Lady�s Mantle

Saturday 13 March
Tim Rogers Band
Gallery act: Trois Clarinettes


Headline acts

Tim RogersFriday 5 March: Renée Geyer

Renée is a powerhouse of Australian music who has been performing her incredible style of rhythm and blues since the early 1970s. Singer, songwriter, producer and author, Ren�e has performed extensively in Australia and the United States, playing with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Sting, Joe Cocker, Chaka Kahn, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Brown. Ren�e is one of the few Australian musicians to have made the Australian charts every decade since the 1970s and in 2005 was inducted into the ARIA Wall of Fame.


Saturday 6 March: Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows

Joe Camilleri

Headed by Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s most loved bands.  Performing a mix of zydeco, rhythm and blues and soul since the early 1980s, The Black Sorrows rose to national prominence in 1988 with their seminal album, “Hold On To Me”, which stayed in the charts for a year, produced three hit singles and sold 250 000 copies in Australia alone. Over one million album sales later, a frequently changing line up and an ARIA award for Best Group, the band is still at the height of their success.


Joe CamilleriFriday 12 March: Clare Bowditch Trio

Clare Bowditch is a critically acclaimed, ARIA award winning singer from Melbourne, who began song writing at the age of three. She is renowned for her sweet folk-pop style. Since the commercial and critical success of her second album, “What was left”, played extensively on Triple J, Bowditch has performed across Australia and at nearly every major Australian music festival. In 2008 she was runner up in the International Song-writing Competition. Clare now splits her time between Australia and Berlin and is about to launch her much anticipated fourth album, which includes the new single “The Start of War” that she co-produced with Mick Harvey from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.


Joe CamilleriSaturday 13 March: Tim Rogers Band

Tim Rogers, singer, songwriter and producer, has been a consummate performer on the Australian music scene since his band grunge rock band, You AM I, exploded onto the 90s music scene with three albums debuting at number one. Rogers received the award for Best Male Artist for his solo album, “What Rhymes With Cars and Girls”, the album demonstrating Rogers musical diversity with its laid back, acoustic sound. As frontman for You AM I, Rogers created songs for the soundtracks of Dirty Deeds and Quentin Tarantino’s Idiot Box and more recently worked on two new albums with fellow musician Tex Perkins.

Event information

  • Download event information (pdf, 160 kb)
  • Starry Nights is an 18 years and over event
  • Entry to the exhibition for one adult valid for the date of ticket purchased from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm
  • Entry to the Sculpture Garden for one adult valid from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm on date of ticket purchased, and includes access to the live concert from 9:00–10:30 pm by headline act and DJ music throughout the evening
  • A 10-minute video introduction to the exhibition in the James O Fairfax Theatre every half hour from 6:00 pm
  • Audio tours of the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition are available free to Starry Nights wristband holders. To pick up your audio tour simply display your Starry Nights wristband to the staff at the audio tours desk near the entrance to the exhibition, and they will provide an audio tour unit (1 per Starry Nights ticket holder).
  • Live music performances from the ANU School of Music will take place within the Gallery between 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm with a special appearance on the 12 March by Lady’s Mantle
  • Food and drinks will be available for purchase from the Champagne Pol Roger Sculpture Bar within the Sculpture Garden until 11:00 pm. You are welcome to bring your own food and sealed bottles of non-alcoholic beverages
  • 10 % discount on presentation of your Starry Nights ticket is valid at the Masterpieces from Paris exhibition shop only on date of ticket purchased
  • The National Gallery of Australia car parks are open until midnight each night
  • Climbing on sculptures in the Sculpture Garden is prohibited.
  • For further information contact the National Gallery of Australia
  • Starry Nights is not a seated event. Due to safety regulations, patrons will not be able to bring their own seating. You are welcome to bring your own picnic blanket to use on the grassed area adjacent to the concert venue (note: no view of stage)