Popular Melbourne cabaret venue The Butterfly Club today announced a change of ownership. New owner, Enter Closer Pty Ltd, is headed by performer, composer, teacher and producer, Mr Simone Pulga, who will take over from former owners David Read and Neville Sice.

Longstanding venue manager, Alexander Woollard, remains in charge at the venue and all staff positions are secure according to the new owners. All 2011 performer and function bookings have been honoured.

“Having been involved in the arts and entertainment industry since the age of 10, I immediately recognised the important position The Butterfly Club holds in the industry, but also how much it is loved by audiences and performers,” Pulga said.

“The arts is my life, the life of my friends, and my passion is to provide audiences with great shows, and offer performers an accessible outlet for their talent. Therefore I plan no changes, except to build on the excellent work and reputation of the venue.”

Over the past almost 12 years, The Butterfly Club has presented more than 1,000 new works, with an emphasis on discovering and nurturing performers, many of which are now house-hold names, such as Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect.

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