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The Butterfly Club

The Butterfly Club is a performing arts venue in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Drawing from a growing interest in cabaret, the Club was conceived and created by artist and entrepreneur, Matthew Grant. Grant lived and worked from the building from 1993: opening to the public in 1998. Grant sold the club in November 2003.[1] By 2006 the Club was Melbourne's only full-time cabaret venue.[2]

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.[3] Under the stewardship of David Read and Neville Sice, over eight years the venue was saved and became sustainable using has an arts model which doesn’t rely on public subsidy.[4][5] They established it as a premiere incubator for Melbourne performers and a key location for Melbourne’s burgeoning cabaret scene.[6]

The club, together with the Australian National Academy of Music, has played a key role in developing the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. In January 2011 The Butterfly Club again changed hands to new custodian Simone Pulga. [7]

In December 2012, The Butterfly Club announced a planned relocation to a central city Collins St building. In conjunction with this relocation, a massive fundraising effort through crowdfunding and social media campaigns, as well as media coverage, was launched under the cry to action 'Save The Butterfly Club.' [8]

Following a successful relocation, The Butterfly Club began trading from its new home, in the Melbourne CBD, in February 2013.[9]


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Coordinates: 37°50′3″S 144°57′37″E / 37.83417°S 144.96028°E / -37.83417; 144.96028

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