Victoria Yards is a local love story. Brian Green, a developer in Gauteng, saw massive potential in a dilapidated plot near Johannesburg CBD. His vision was vast; create a space in an urban area that can both build an eco-system and provide a space for entrepreneurs in the community to call their own and sell their wares – he’s a maverick for sure.
What is rather unique and special about the place is that Victoria Yards is both about social development and commercial enterprise.
There are over 40 tenants that currently call it home, including the now-famous denim clothing designer, “Tshepo The Jean Maker”.
Tshepo gifted the Duchess of Sussex herself, Meghan Markle, with a pair of jeans that he designed! Check out the image of her above at Victoria Yards earlier this year.
Victoria Yards focusses on four key pillars;
● Artisan Studios
● Skills Development
● Visual Arts
● Urban Farming
We found the urban farming very interesting as it’s not something we have seen as a core focus of an urban space before. Here’s what they say on their Facebook page;
The Victoria Yards urban agriculture project means job creation as well as income generating opportunities.
Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables will be grown using ‘Hugel’ raised beds which hold moisture, build fertility, maximise surface volume and yield.
Be sure to check out the before and after photos on their website to see how Brian Green really transformed the space. We really are so impressed with all of the work that has gone into the Yard. There are people from all walks of life that visit, and you can spend hours walking around, eating and drinking, checking out the creators in action, and browsing all
the amazing products on sale!
The annual Gin & Tonic Festival in Johannesburg is taking place at Victoria Yards this year! With the opening of a gin distillery right there at Victoria Yards, it is the perfect spot for sipping on some gin,
chilling in the sunshine, checking out the wares of the store owners and even view the glass blower and sculptor at work. Here’s some more on the gin festival;
“The festival offers a highly engaging and entertaining showcase of the country’s most popular, lesser-known and spanking new gin brands, as well as a selection of premium internationals – creating a
theatrical platform for them to shine and showcase their handiwork to South Africa’s gin enthusiasts.”
Be sure to diarise!
Saturday, November 30, 2019
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
You can find Victoria Yards at 16 Viljoen Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2094
Opening Hours At Victoria Yards
09h00-17h00 On Weekdays
10h00-17h00 On Saturdays
Open 1st Sunday Of Every Month