Venue Activities

Shows & Performances

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’.

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.

Regular Activities

Yaa Centre hosts a number of regular activities to suit all ages. Arts activities compliment the centres main events, from Steelpan workshops, singing, theatre and Carnival Arts. These are run by independent schools and our resident carnival arts partners.

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. 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.

Arts Workshops

Yaa Centre hosts a number of Arts workshops throughout the year. Although they may focus around Carnival Arts, they often overlap with general arts and crafts interests. In 2019, these include: Traditional Carnival Arts with Carl & Lynn Gabriel.

Creative Youth Programme

In 2019 we are introducing a Creative Youth Programme, including Film & Media workshops and Body Paint workshops.

Resident Artists

Carl & Lynn Gabriel, Carnival artists
Carnival artist Carl Gabriel has achieved international renown for his large-scale sculptures, lovingly handcrafted through the disappearing art of traditional wire bending. They’re surprisingly lifelike, despite often being composed of nothing but galvanised steel. They have been exhibited at the British Library and the Science Museum in London, as well as on the campus of Ohio State University … More: