RE[act] Festival 2021 Launch Event

2nd November

Festival Launch

Join with LQ BID as we officially launch the start of RE[act] Festival. Local journalist Mark Simpson will direct proceedings, and we’re delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Kate Nicholl, who will provide the opening address. 

Our keynote speaker, Carol Lemmens (Netherlands) is the leader of ARUP’s global advisory service and a renowned expert on the circular economy. His insightful presentation will highlight the comprehensive changes we require to remodel our lifestyles and reshape our cities with circularity at the core. Drawing on his international experience, and in-depth thought leadership, Carol will showcase projects from around the world, but will also invite the audience to consider what is possible in Belfast. John Walsh (Belfast City Council) will provide a response to Carol’s challenge on behalf of Belfast, outlining the Bolder Vision and Resilience Strategy.

The launch will also include what the Linen Quarter is doing to create Northern Ireland’s first sustainable district, a sustainable challenge for schools, and an expert panel discussion withThe launch will also include what the Linen Quarter is doing to create Northern Ireland’s first sustainable district. Brett Ross, CEO RiverRidge, will highlight a carbon budget pilot for the Linen Quarter, Prof. Julie McCandless will outline a sustainable competition for schools, followed by an expert panel discussion with audience Q&A. The event will conclude with a complimentary drinks reception from 6-7pm.

Location – Ground Floor Titanic Suite, Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue

3.30pm for coffee, event starts at 4pm.
Complimentary drinks reception 6-7pm


Mark Simpson (facilitator)
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Kate Nicholl  
Carol Lemmens, ARUP
Chris McCracken, LQ BID
John Walsh, Belfast City Council
Brett Ross, RiverRidge,
Prof. Julie McCandless, QUB

RE[act] Festival 2021 Launch Event

2nd November

4pm - 6pm | The Clayton Hotel

Carol Lemmens - Arup

Carol is Arup’s Global Advisory Services Portfolio leader and interim Europe Property Business leader.

He was instrumental in developing Arup’s position paper to define the circular economy in the context of the built environment and developing Arup’s work as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s (EMF) knowledge partner for the built environment. He continues to work to raise the awareness of the circular economy approach from general first principles to practice by identifying the many challenges, enablers and opportunities available to Arup and others in making the circular economy a reality. Carol regularly contributes to Circular Economy and thought pieces, presentations and interviews globally. Most notably, Carol was invited to give a key note address to the United Nations General Assembly at their Circular Economy event, in October 2018.