100 Beautiful Things is a celebration of South Africa’s creativity, compassion, ingenuity and resilience, brought to life through an exhibition that starts in early April 2020 and continues into the last months of the year, presented in various iterations.

The exhibition cheers on projects, products, ideas and experiences that improve lives, serve valuable functions or add beauty to our country. Spread across five themes – Designing with Compassion, Sustainable Design, Future Thinking, South African Essence and Simply Beautiful – the 100 Beautiful Things range from fashion and furniture pieces to social and environmental projects, food initiatives, medical and technological innovation, virtual platforms and travel or entertainment experiences.


100 Beautiful Things will evolve from a presentation of online stories, revealed over the course of five months, into a large-scale physical exhibition to be held at the V&A Waterfront later in the year. This good-news initiative inspires positivity, while honouring creative things from around the country that strengthen South African society and leave a better world for all.


100 Beautiful Things is presented by the V&A Waterfront, a long-time supporter of South Africa’s creative and entrepreneurial industries, and is curated by Platform Creative Agency, a champion of African design and local business. The public is invited to make nominations as the online exhibition evolves between April and August.


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