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    Black Pound Day- August 2022

    Sat, 6 August 2022  12:00 – 19:00


    Skin & Steel Project

    Fri, 16 September 2022  19:30 – 21:30


    The Hidden Science of Black Music

    Sat, October 22, 2022 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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    Legacy Services

    Below are some of the services we provide to compliment your event or visit to the centre

    The Legacy Centre of Excellence has been re-established as a venue for world class local and international live music across genres and cultural events, and now includes a state-of-the-art recording studio facility on site.

    Legacy has a number of flexible spaces for theatre performances, rehearsals, exhibitions and shows. We have high-speed streaming/videography facilities for you to stream your event live and globally.

    Our mission is to re-shape the idea of what is possible for passionate and resilient community innovators, through leaders and dreamers. This project was once a small collective idea by members of our community and has now evolved into a sustainable change-making Business and Arts Centre that will continue to transform lives for years to come.

    Formerly named the Drum Arts Centre, Legacy was purchased in May 2019 by 7E Youth Academy, a Birmingham based Social Enterprise founded by Keith ‘Cipher’ Shayaam-Smith.

    Initially with no Government aid and only the funding of the volunteers, the venue was then transformed into a state-of-the-art multipurpose building spanning across 2 floors. It now comes complete with a: refurbished live music theatre with 400 seats, 2 auditoriums with 1000 capacity each, 11 new rented offices, a co-working hub, events space, fully equipped multimedia suites, a café, 2 bars and a restaurant.

    The Legacy Centre acts like a beacon of light and brings opportunities into the community. It will feature the brand new, North West Birmingham Business Hub which will promote entrepreneurship and offer business and professional training. Young people, community groups and local businesses will also have access to a co-working space, conference rooms, event auditoriums to hire, and low cost rented business offices.

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    Auditorium 1 provides an alternative space to hire. Featuring work from a range of local artists, the gallery is available to hire on request for those smaller, more intimate gatherings that require a more personal touch. Auditorium 1 can accommodate: 140 cabaret style, 250 theatre style, 450 standing.



    This bright and open space is perfect for meetings, seminars and training workshops. With projector and whiteboard facilities available, the Business Suite provides a relaxed atmosphere which will encourage creative thinking. Available in two formats; boardroom and theatre style, the Business Suite can accommodate up to 50 guests.



    Are you looking for a vibrant, versatile and affordable space to start or expand your business? offices to any established or up and coming business or entrepreneurs. Whether you’re just starting out or expanding, you could benefit from basing your organisation in one of the UK’s most established and premier art centres.

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    Our Partners and Funders

    7E Youth Academy to receive substantial award from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme

    7E Youth Academy is among 66 cultural organisations across the country to benefit from a share of over £22.7 million from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme 

    This award will help to improve the environmental substantiality of Legacy Centre of Excellence, increase energy efficiency, vastly improve sound and lighting and building systems to make the spaces ready for the future.

    7E Youth Academy, is located at Legacy Centre of Excellence in Newtown and received a substantial grant from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme.

    As part of these 2021-22 and 2022-23 grants, over £22.7 million has been awarded to 66 cultural organisations across the country, including 7E Youth Academy. The Capital Investment Programme aims to help cultural organisations across the country transform their buildings and equipment so they can operate safely post-pandemic, improve access, seize technological opportunities, and reduce environmental impact. From Barrow-in-Furness to The Isles of Scilly, the organisations receiving funding share a vision to build a fit for the future cultural sector, which all members of their communities can access.

    7E Youth Academy is an award-winning arts and community organisation which manages Legacy Centre of Excellence in Birmingham. The facility has quickly established itself as a national hub for Black and ethnic minority arts. The organisation is skilled in working with grassroots artists, successfully engaging marginalised and diverse communities, and developing audiences to see new work.

    Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England said “World class creativity and culture needs a resilient and sustainable infrastructure to allow it to flourish. With these investments in the buildings, equipment, and digital systems of cultural organisations across England, we are helping to secure the future of that infrastructure and making sure that people from every part of the country can continue enjoying all the benefits it delivers for years to come.”

    Keith Shayaam-Smith CEO at 7E Youth Academy said “We are incredibly grateful to Arts Council of England for their support with this grant. We now have the opportunity to improve the energy efficiency of the building, which is becoming more important by the day. We can also improve the different spaces at Legacy Centre of Excellence in a multitude of ways, to make the experience of both the artist and the audience one of excellence. We are developing a national arts facility on the community’s doorstep, and we are immensely proud and excited about that.”

    Our core



    We want to support the current generation and inspire the next generation to use their talent to create greatness. We want to inspire people within our community to use inspiring methods to overcome challenges and marginalisation


    Our organisation was created to serve the needs of young people in our local community. Now we want our work to serve the needs of young people locally, nationally and internationally.

    Highest Standards

    We believe in our work as it’s great. It is vital for us as a team and as individuals to do our best, be consistent, be transparent and deliver our work to the highest standards.


    7EYA now possesses the knowledge and experience to take a leading role in youth practitioner methodology. To fulfil our purpose we must focus on excellence in project development, project delivery, project management, sustainability and governance.


    We respect the communities that we serve. We encourage respect between all the practitioners and staff on our team and we respect our philosophies and practice of youth / community intervention.

    What's on


    12:00 – 14:00

    Jamaican Saturday School

    Legacy Centre Of Excellence

    Sat, 6 August 2022



    18:00 – 21:30

    Personal Branding: Take Control of Your Career Path

    Legacy Centre Of Excellence

    Thu, 8 September 2022



    12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

    The Hidden Science of Black Music

    Legacy Centre Of Excellence

    Sat, October 22, 2022



    12:00 – 16:00

    BADU Brunch (Birmingham)(Neo Soul + R&B )

    Legacy Centre Of Excellence

    Tue, 26 July 2022



    09:30 – 16:30

    BRIG X OPCC Criminal Justice Race Mini Summit

    Legacy Centre Of Excellence

    Tue, 19 July 2022



    "Spoke to a lovely polite lady, Betina this morning regarding Black pound day event, she was very helpful, knowledgeable, and my application form will be sent out to me Thank you 😀"

    Tracey Grant

    "Fantastic arts and community space. They host a lot of events geared towards uplifting and inspiring the community and they do not forget to cater for the young people and children. Love this place and will continue to support"

    Naomi Reid

    "Visited for the first time in a while for Black Pound Day event. It was nice to see how well planned and thought out the event was and they were following covid 19 guidelines. The staff were very friendly and successful and it was a lovely successful and empowering day... Will be returning again very soon - possibly next month!"

    Rebecca G





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