• Our story

    history

    Since 1974, Yaa Asantewaa Arts has been an arts and community organisation making a significant contribution to the development of African Caribbean arts and culture. It is based at Yaa Centre (originally known as ‘The Factory’).

    Yaa Asantewaa Arts promotes and nurtures upcoming talent in dance, music, theatre, spoken word and carnival arts, delivering a mix of arts and community programmes and initiatives including regular weekly classes open to all.

  • Our name

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    Our name originates from Nana (Queen Mother) Yaa Asantewaa of the Asante people of Ghana (1850-1921). She led the heroic and ultimately successful struggle of her people to maintain their national integrity and ancient cultural heritage. She refused to surrender the sacred Golden Stool (symbol of unity of the Asante people), to the British governor of the Gold Coast in 1900, when he sought to absorb the nation into the colony and exploit its mineral wealth. After a very bloody war, many of the Asante chiefs were captured and sent to join their previously exiled King Prempeh I, in the Seychelles. It was here that Yaa Asantewaa died in 1921, before King Prempeh I was returned home.

  • Membership

    history

    Members of Yaa are entitled to priority bookings, concessions to all events and activities including workshops and courses.

  • Venue

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    The Yaa Centre is an excellent family venue with spaces for workshops, training, rehearsals, meetings, seminars, and conferences. The venue is also bookable for birthday parties, christenings, first communions, weddings and funeral receptions. There are low cost affordable prices on residential workshops and short-term hire. Yaa Asantewaa Arts is keen on collaborations and partnerships that benefit the artistic use of the space and community related events. The main space caters for meetings, workshops, rehearsals, seminars, conferences, weddings and parties, accommodating up to 300 people.

  • People

    Committee members

    Denis George
    Kamal El Alaoui
    Eileen Gaynes
    Larayne Medeor
    Michelle Richter
    Genevieve Stevens
    Hermon West

    Production:
    Claudia George
    Dennis George ‘Hotwax’
    Gina Lord
    Juchinar Searles

    Dance/Choreography:
    Reuben P Joseph

    Photography:
    Alphonso Grose

  • Address and contacts

    Yaa Asantewaa Arts
    Yaa Centre
    1 Chippenham Mews
    London W9 2AN

    T: (020) 7604 8920
    F: (020) 7266 0377

    info@yaaasantewaa.com
    www.yaaasantewaa.com

    Yaa Centre
    Situated on the corner of Chippenham Mews and Maryland Road, Maida Vale, 50 metres from Harrow Road.

    Trains Royal Oak, Westbourne Grove and Warwick Avenue Stations, approximately 10 minutes walk.
    Buses: 18, 36, 328, 31, 6, 28

  • Charity details

    An Equal Opportunities Company
    Limited by Guarantee in England and Wales No.1474940
    Registered charity No. 295656