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New owners for Butterfly Club

Melbourne’s famous cabaret venue, The Butterfly Club now has new owners. Former owners David Read [pictured far left] and Neville Sice [center] have announced that the critically acclaimed venue is in the good hands of professional performer, composer, teacher and producer, Mr Simone Pulga [pictured second] of Enter Closer Pty Ltd.

Over its 11 year history the infamous Butterfly Club has presented over 1000 new works, establishing it as a premiere incubator for Melbourne performers and a key location for Melbourne’s burgeoning cabaret scene.

“When we saved the [Butterfly Club] venue from closure all those years ago, we set out a vision to make it sustainable in its own right with no public subsidy and it now serves as a model for other arts organisations.” Said former owners, David Read and Neville Sice in an official statement.

The Butterfly Club has been a major culture hub for Melbourne’s Gay and Lesbian festival, Midsumma Festival over the past few years. In 2011 this partnership is set to grow and it seems that will not change with new ownership. All 2011 performer, event and function bookings will be honoured and all staff positions are said to be secure, including the position of its longstanding Venue Manager, Alexander Woollard.

In an official statement from the Butterfly Club, Mr Pulga told of how he recognised the importance of the Butterfly Club to Melbourne performers and audiences, and how he planned not to change the venue but build on it’s formidable reputation.

In 2010 Read and Sice produced the first Melbourne Cabaret Festival to huge success. They say that the sale of the iconic club will allow them to focus on producing the annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival, and that it will still remain as a main venue for the festival’s activities.

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