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 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.
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 ABC: The Association of British Calypsonians.
Over its colourful history, it has hosted many events, including The Calypso Tent (the traditional precursor to Carnival), Younity, The Musical and themed events under the Mayor of London’s ‘Black History Season’. Arts activities compliment The Yaa Centre’s main events, from Steelpan workshops, singing, theatre and Carnival Arts.
The centre especially comes alive during the Notting Hill Carnival season, Ebony Steelband turn up the pressure on their competitors by putting in some serious hours rehearsing in the months leading up to UK Panorama steelpan competition. The workshop and sewing room is buzzing with the designing and production of carnival costumes for the masqueraders to wear.
The Association of British Calypsonians use the Yaa Centre to rehearse for the forthcoming Calypso Tents that take place at our sister venue, The Tabernacle. Why not come along and visit us during July and August and see some of the UK’s most talented artists create and produce for Notting Hill Carnival.