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Festival for a sustainable Belfast

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Global Conversation

The 10 RE[act] themes have been inspired by COP26

Debate New Ideas

From Q&A sessions to social media

Inspirational Speakers

Listen to local, national and global experts

Innovative Organisations

Find out what companies are doing to support sustainability.

We invite you to RE[act]…

RE[act] is a completely new festival, which seeks to inspire a more sustainable Belfast. It takes place at the same time as COP26, and we’ve aligned our thinking with their main themes, to help integrate Northern Ireland into the global conversation. 

Our keynote address, from global expert Carol Lemmens, is how to create a more circular city, moving from use and dispose to redesign and repurpose. We’ve then put on a series of events to help re-imagine everything we do, from food to fashion, and from transport to the built environment, from finance to community empowerment. 

Why not pick a theme that interests you most, or explore the full calendar of events in more detail? Then please take the next step and sign up to this exciting new journey. Join us as we rethink how we use our resources and reimagine how we develop our city. Our aim is that individuals, organisations and government will all come together to RE[act] for a sustainable Belfast. 

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"The best way to predict the future is to design it"

Buckminster Fuller

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The RE[act] Festival mirrors the key themes being discussed at COP26, linking Belfast to the global conversation. Simply choose a theme that interests you most or search by the calendar of events.

  • Vision
  • Finance
  • Fashion
  • Youth & Community
  • Nature

Festival Launch

2nd November 2021

The Clayton Hotel
4pm - 6pm

To launch the festival, join LQ BID, Belfast’s Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl, and Carol Lemmens from ARUP (Netherlands) at The Clayton Hotel for an insightful presentation.

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Oslo, Norway. Night View Embankment And Residential Multi-storey House In Gamle Oslo District

Growing a Green City

10th November 2021

Webinar
10am - 11am

Oslo has earned a global reputation as a ‘green city’. Europe’s Green Capital in 2019, Oslo has been on a regeneration journey that has seen in reconnect with its waterfront, invest heavily in public transport and active travel and encourage green entrepreneurship.

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Vision for a Sustainable Future Schools Art Competition

2nd - 12th November 2021

Calling all young people in Year 8 and 9 – help us to raise awareness of climate change by creating a poster, comic strip, or collage featuring your ‘Vision for a Sustainable Future

Sustainable Regeneration: Café Conversation

10th November 2021

Pug Uglys
5pm - 7pm

Join our panel of guest speakers as we discuss how the sustainable regeneration of the city centre might look like. New initiatives such as the “Bolder Vision” will be debated alongside the rollout of new parklets and public realm across the Linen Quarter.

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Business and finance desktop

Sustainable Finance

3rd November 2021

Online Webinar
10am - 10:45am

Why are investors seeking and holding funds specifically to invest in companies with an environmental focus? What can sustainable finance offer Northern Ireland’s businesses and economy?

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Northern Irish pounds in a magnifying glass

Community Wealth Building: Where the Economy Works for People

5th November 2021

Europa Hotel
Lunch: 1:30pm - 2pm | Workshop: 2pm - 3:30pm

In this session, we will explore what the economy means for people and place. In recent years, there have been big shifts in how our economy works with more people becoming self-employed.

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The True Cost

3rd November 2021

The Belfast Barge
7pm - 9pm

According to the UN, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Discover the truth about the impacts of fast fashion and the global problem of textile waste with this free screening of The True Cost film.

Read More ->

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The Slow, sustainable fashion business: Three female entrepreneurs share their stories

9th November 2021

The Canada Room, QUB
10am - 12pm

A panel of three women entrepreneurs will talk honestly about the ups and downs of starting and sustaining a micro-business in the fashion industry. They all design and create their products with sustainability as the driving force.

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Swap Event

9th November 2021

The Wardrobe,
5.15pm - 6.30pm or 6.45pm - 8pm

Come join us at The Wardrobe, Preloved Boutique, for an evening of fun, guilt free shopping and style advice!
We are delighted to be hosting a Swap Event in conjunction with RE(act) Sustainability Festival and EastSide Partnership.

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IKEA Art Installation | IKEA

IKEA Belfast
All Day

Visit us in-store for the art installation that just keeps on giving. A fantastic opportunity to see the work of Titanic Denim designers in a large-scale Art installation which demonstrates the world of upcycling. 

Read More ->

Belfast One - Sustainable Styling with Rebecca McKinney

9th November 2021

We all love shopping, but how can we do it more consciously? This year, Belfast One is supporting the RE(act) Festival, which seeks to inspire a more sustainable Belfast.

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Northern Irish pounds in a magnifying glass

Community Wealth Building: Where the Economy Works for People

5th November 2021

Europa Hotel
Lunch: 1:30pm - 2pm | Workshop: 2pm - 3:30pm

In this session, we will explore what the economy means for people and place. In recent years, there have been big shifts in how our economy works with more people becoming self-employed.

Read More ->

Youth Summit

5th November 2021

The Great Hall, Belfast City Hall
3:30pm - 5pm

What do the future generation really think about Northern Ireland climate change, and why should our politicians listen? The Belfast Climate Commission Youth Working Group have consulted with young people around climate and will present the results.

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Silver Metal Scrap

Help Turn Trash into Treasure – Community Art Installation - Day 1

8th November 2021

The Elmwood Hall, QUB
10am - 4pm

How do we turn trash into treasure? The two-day contemporary art project is open to all members of public. You will help design a striking community piece of art from used or discarded items.  Recycled art (also known as ‘upcycled’ or ‘repurposed’ art) consists of objects made from waste materials such as scrap metal, textiles, plastics, and paper products. 

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Hack the Climate Crisis

11th November 2021

Online - Ulster Bank
10am - 6pm

Calling entrepreneurial university students – do you think you can be part of an award-winning team that could turn an environmental solution into a new business idea? Students are invited to take part in an interactive two-day virtual hackathon.

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Driving Climate Action in UK Cities and Communities

8th November 2021

Canada Room at QUB
3pm - 5pm

What are Climate Commissions – who are they, what do they do, and what is their value?  The practical importance of the Place-based Climate Action Network will be explored by the first UK Climate Commissions Leeds, Edinburgh, and Belfast alongside PCAN’s Business Lead.

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A Bird’s Eye View – Creating Space for Nature

6th November 2021

Botanic Gardens
10:30am - 12:00pm

Living in the busy city do we really see the nature that surrounds us or know the secret places where our wildlife live? Join Claire Barnett from the RSPB for a gentle family walk. Let Claire take you on a journey to seek out areas in South Belfast that local wildlife call home.

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A Bird’s Eye View – Creating Space for Nature Day 2

7th November 2021

Botanic Gardens
10:30am - 12:00pm

Living in the busy city do we really see the nature that surrounds us or know the secret places where our wildlife live? Join Claire Barnett from the RSPB for a gentle family walk. Let Claire take you on a journey to seek out areas in South Belfast that local wildlife call home.

Read More ->

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How Nature Based Solutions can help bring us back from the brink of climate catastrophe

8th November 2021

Webinar
1pm - 2pm

We are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency, and the two are inextricably linked. Climate change is driving nature’s decline, and the loss of wildlife and wild places leaves us ill-equipped to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to change.

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  • Adaption
  • Innovation
  • Energy & Waste
  • Transport
  • Cities
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Business Breakfast – Circular Economy in Waste

4th November 2021

The Clayton Hotel
8:30am - 9:30am

Belfast City Council is delighted to bring you this free Business Breakfast event showcasing Tim Walker (arc 21) and Keith Patterson (WRAP)
who will speak about circular economy within the waste industry and how this can impact on your business.  

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Ten Stories About Food Waste

4th November 2021

The Belfast Barge
7pm - 8:30pm

This series of 10×5 minute mini documentaries by the Electrolux Group was created to inspire sustainable cooking and eating and brings together some of the biggest names in food.

Read More ->

Beautiful view of icebergs in glacier lagoon, Iceland, global warming and climate change concept

How Nature Based Solutions can help bring us back from the brink of climate catastrophe

8th November 2021

Webinar
1pm - 2pm

We are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency, and the two are inextricably linked. Climate change is driving nature’s decline, and the loss of wildlife and wild places leaves us ill-equipped to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to change.

Read More ->

Businessman having breakfast

Sustainable Cities Business Breakfast

11th November 2021

Grand Central Hotel
8:30am - 10am

Join us at the Re[act] festival’s sustainable cities breakfast. At the business breakfast we will launch both the Eastside Vision and Bedford House green building report. The Bedford House case study has been commission by the Linen Quarter BID illustrates the practical and commercial benefits of moving towards a sustainable built environment.

Read More ->

Beautiful view of icebergs in glacier lagoon, Iceland, global warming and climate change concept

How Nature Based Solutions can help bring us back from the brink of climate catastrophe

8th November 2021

Webinar
1pm - 2pm

We are in the middle of a climate and nature emergency, and the two are inextricably linked. Climate change is driving nature’s decline, and the loss of wildlife and wild places leaves us ill-equipped to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to change.

Read More ->

IKEA Art Installation | IKEA

IKEA Belfast
All Day

Visit us in-store for the art installation that just keeps on giving. A fantastic opportunity to see the work of Titanic Denim designers in a large-scale Art installation which demonstrates the world of upcycling. 

Read More ->

Eco energy saving light bulbs on grass background

Eco Innovation and Job Creation Business Breakfast

8th November 2021

Queen’s Management School, Riddel Hall
8:30am - 10am

Eco innovation has the capacity to create new business opportunities, jobs, and economic growth across Northern Ireland. Join representatives from business and academia, as well as the public and third sectors, for a business breakfast on ‘Eco Innovation and Job Creation’.

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The Slow, sustainable fashion business: Three female entrepreneurs share their stories

10th November 2021

The Canada Room, QUB
10am - 12pm

A panel of three women entrepreneurs will talk honestly about the ups and downs of starting and sustaining a micro-business in the fashion industry. They all design and create their products with sustainability as the driving force.

Read More ->

RICS: Circling the square – The Possibilities and Promise of a Circular Built Environment

10th November 2021

Webinar
1pm - 2pm

RICS and RE[act] have developed this World Built Environment Forum webinar where a panel of global experts and local leaders in sustainability and the circular economy will discuss the possibilities and promise of this exciting agenda.  We’ll discuss the key elements of the circular economy approach, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how measurement is crucial in benchmarking success.

Read More ->

Businessman having breakfast

Sustainable Cities Business Breakfast

11th November 2021

Grand Central Hotel
8:30am - 10am

 Join us at the Re[act] festival’s sustainable cities breakfast. At the business breakfast we will launch the Bedford House green building report. The Bedford House case study has been commission by the Linen Quarter BID illustrates the practical and commercial benefits of moving towards a sustainable built environment.

Read More ->

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The True Cost

3rd November 2021

The Belfast Barge
7pm - 9pm

According to the UN, the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Discover the truth about the impacts of fast fashion and the global problem of textile waste with this free screening of The True Cost film.

Read More ->

Waste management concept. Woman Hands With Green leaf and garbage on the White Background. Top View

Business Breakfast – Circular Economy in Waste

4th November 2021

The Clayton Hotel
8:30am - 9:30am

Belfast City Council Lord Mayor Cllr Kate Nicholl will open this free sustainable Business Breakfast event and will introduce Tim Walker (arc 21) and Keith Patterson (WRAP) who speak about circular economy within the waste industry and how this can impact on your business.

Read More ->

Sustainable and zero waste living. Vegetable waste in recycling compost pot. top view. Copy space

Ten Stories About Food Waste

4th November 2021

The Belfast Barge
7pm - 8:30pm

This series of 10×5 minute mini documentaries by the Electrolux Group was created to inspire sustainable cooking and eating and brings together some of the biggest names in food.

Read More ->

Silver Metal Scrap

Help Turn Trash into Treasure – Community Art Installation - Day 1

8th November 2021

The Elmwood Hall, QUB
10am - 4pm

How do we turn trash into treasure? The two-day contemporary art project is open to all members of public. You will help design a striking community piece of art from used or discarded items.  Recycled art (also known as ‘upcycled’ or ‘repurposed’ art) consists of objects made from waste materials such as scrap metal, textiles, plastics, and paper products. 

Read More ->

Sustainable and Active Travel

10th November 2021

Custom House Square
11am - 3pm

Climate change is the most pressing environmental challenge of our time and transport has a significant role to play in tackling this and reaching net zero emissions both regionally and globally. Come and join us on the COP26 transport day to avail of a range of activities showcased by partners including Translink, Big Loop Bikes and Consswater Community Greenway. No need to pre-book for most activities so come along and enjoy a free coffee / tea from Starbucks! 

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Festival Launch

2nd November 2021

The Clayton Hotel
4pm - 6pm

To launch the festival, join LQ BID, Belfast’s Lord Mayor Kate Nicholl, and Carol Lemmens from ARUP (Netherlands) at The Clayton Hotel for an insightful presentation.

Read More ->

Driving Climate Action in UK Cities and Communities

8th November 2021

Canada Room at QUB
3pm - 5pm

What are Climate Commissions – who are they, what do they do, and what is their value?  The practical importance of the Place-based Climate Action Network will be explored by the first UK Climate Commissions Leeds, Edinburgh, and Belfast alongside PCAN’s Business Lead.

Read More ->

Oslo, Norway. Night View Embankment And Residential Multi-storey House In Gamle Oslo District

Growing a Green City

10th November 2021

Webinar
10am - 11am

Oslo has earned a global reputation as a ‘green city’. Europe’s Green Capital in 2019, Oslo has been on a regeneration journey that has seen in reconnect with its waterfront, invest heavily in public transport and active travel and encourage green entrepreneurship.

Read More ->

RICS: Circling the square – The Possibilities and Promise of a Circular Built Environment

10th November 2021

Webinar
1pm - 2pm

RICS and RE[act] have developed this World Built Environment Forum webinar where a panel of global experts and local leaders in sustainability and the circular economy will discuss the possibilities and promise of this exciting agenda. We’ll discuss the key elements of the circular economy approach, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how measurement is crucial in benchmarking success.

Read More ->

Businessman having breakfast

Sustainable Cities Business Breakfast

11th November 2021

Grand Central Hotel
8:30am - 10am

Join us at the Re[act] festival’s sustainable cities breakfast. At the business breakfast we will launch both the Eastside Vision and Bedford House green building report. The Bedford House case study has been commission by the Linen Quarter BID illustrates the practical and commercial benefits of moving towards a sustainable built environment.

Read More ->

Keynote Speakers

An inspirational line up of global, local and national experts

Sarah Longlands

Chief Executive, CLES

Victoria Marie Evensen

Vice Mayor of Oslo

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