About Us

Yaa Centre

The Yaa Centre is a Carnival Village Trust venue. The Yaa Centre has gone through a major transformation in recent years with major investment from Arts Council England. It works in tandem with it’s sister venue, The Tabernacle w11 in Notting Hill – a grade II listed building with a rich history and a reputation for being one of the best arts venues in London.

Carnival Village Trust

Carnival Village Trust are a charity supported by Arts Council England to nurture, support and promote Carnival Arts.

Carnival Village Trust is a unique collaboration between its partners whose objects are to develop the art and business of Carnival.

As London´s development agency for Carnival Arts, we spotlight the arts, crafts and business of a relatively unsung art form in the UK, extending to its roots and broader culture. We have the background to do so and are well placed in the locality of Europe’s largest carnival.

Carnival Village makes a significant contribution to the nation’s artistic landscape and to the enrichment of people’s lives by developing and delivering carnival arts that are primarily rooted in Caribbean cultural traditions, and by being excellent at everything it does.

History

Since 1979, when The Yaa Centre was known as The Factory and then as Yaa Asantewaa Arts & Community Centre, this popular community activity centre has made a significant contribution to showcasing African Caribbean arts and culture.

As the only centre of its kind in the UK, it promotes and nurtures upcoming talent in dance, music, theatre, spoken word and Carnival arts, as well as hosting our resident partners,Ebony Steel Band and ACASA: The Association of Calypsonians and Soca Artists.