Since 1983 The Imperial Hotel Sydney has long been an institution and repository for bohemian knowledge. In these walls are the secrets and knowledge that reverberate throughout the decades.

QueerTank is the newest event in our TAFEE program that explores the artistic, cultural and creative history in the Inner West and beyond.  Our speakers will bring to light the cultural, creative and intellectual ideas that  nourish our bohemian soul.

Descend into our basement amongst like-minded and curious sorts. People who itch to inquire, quest to query and listen to learn.

QueerTank – it’s where ideas float.


QueerTank – How to be a fearless creative


Hosted by Jeff McCann Ft. Carmen Glynn-Braun, Frida las Vegas & Marlena Dali 


Tuesday 19th February

FREE | Doors Open 6:00 PM | Event Time 6:30 – 8:00 pm with 15 minute intermission


This is one for the creatives. To celebrate the 41st Mardi-Gras we took the theme fearless and turned it into A cross-industry, cross-perspective, cross-issue chat that will lay bear the truths about being a creative in the emerald city.

Whether you are new to Sydney or have been around town there is something to learn from this killer panel.

Drawing from fashion, design, visual art and performance we cover the issues, experiences and stories that come with a creative career in a myriad of fields.

Meet our panel, ask questions, get answers and meet the people that are fearlessly creative this Mardi Gras.





Host: Jeff McCann

Jeff McCann is an artist, educator, artistic director and foremost a story-teller, working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, fashion, installation, public art and performance.


Inspired heavily by avant-garde fashion, surface design and tapestries. Jeff takes what is considered rubbish and transforms it into new work that ranges from theatrical fashion, accessories, functional products, art and sculpture.

Portrait of Artists Jeff McCann in front of Orange Wall

Carmen Glynn Braun


Visual artist and recent graduate of UNSWAD Carmen Glynn-Braun has launched onto the Sydney art-world with an incredible exploration of indigenous and feminist issues.

Glynn-Braun has won the prestigious TWT Prize for her artwork Untitled 


The work explores how women lost their children under the Assimilation Policy (1951-1962) – a policy designed to obliterate Indigenous bloodlines by removing children from their families and ultimately ‘breeding out’ skin colour over generations.


Carmen Square

Frida Las Vegas


Stavroula Adameitis aka FRIDA LAS VEGAS is a multi-faceted artist, designer and creative director.
Stavroula has worked extensively across the creative industries in the fields of art & design (fashion, graphics, textiles and plastics), media (film & animation development, production & video editing), marketing (animated feature film, live-action documentary, short-form advertising content) and events (strategic brand partnerships).


Stavroula’s creative collaborators include high-profile entertainers (Katy Perry, Client Liaison, Em Rusciano), media powerhouses (Buzzfeed, Studiocanal, Junkee Media), cultural institutions (Sherman Centre for Culture & Ideas, Sydney Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival), LGBTQI+ organisations (The Imperial Hotel, Heaps Gay), educational institutions (University of Technology Sydney or UTS) and many more.


Marlena Dali


Originally from Los Angeles, Marlena Dalí is now Sydney’s premiere facilitator of underground queer cabaret.


Their event, The Oyster Club: Glamdrogynous Freakshow is among the city’s most successful monthly events and has paved the way for many more events like it.



Marlena’s performances feature their own brand of clowning with circus sideshow skills, graphic non-binary moments, swift repartee, and surrealist drag.



Marlena has hosted and performed at major events all over Australia including seasons at Adelaide and Melbourne Fringes, shows at the MCA, Carriageworks (Liveworks), The Factory Theatre main stage, and for Vivid Sydney.



Marlena has an MSA in Performance from Sydney College of the Arts, and a BA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles.

Marlena Dali Square

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