About Us

We are Europe’s largest independent Black-owned business and arts centre. Based in Aston, one of Birmingham’s most diverse communities, we are dedicated to championing and enhancing our local and national community.

We exist to offer great cultural, artistic and educational activities that uplift and upskill. We do this by providing the best in events, workshops and projects that encourage people to come together in a safe curated space, which puts their individual and collective needs at the heart.

Formerly the Drum Arts Centre, the venue was purchased in 2019 by 7E Youth Academy, a Birmingham based Social Enterprise founded by Keith ‘Cipher’ Shayaam-Smith. Our newly refurbished multipurpose building has two theatres, café, restaurant, offices, business suite and multimedia suites that are accessible and available to all.

We are on a mission to join forces with wide range of people and organisations across public, private, charitable sectors in order to inspire, connect and enable young people citizens and entrepreneurs. We believe that the way to long-term change starts with investing in people first; our focus is social, cultural and environmental return over financial return.

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



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.


We believe in our work. 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.

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