Festival Events

2nd November 2021

Festival Launch

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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Vision for a Sustainable Future Schools Art Competition

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

3rd November 2021

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Sustainable Finance

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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The True Cost

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.

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4th November 2021

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Business Breakfast – Circular Economy in Waste

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

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.

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Belfast International Homecoming 2021

Belfast International Homecoming will take place during COP26 and takes as its sole theme the climate emergency and the need for a transition to a green economy and society. It will be a hybrid event.

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5th November 2021

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Community Wealth Building: Where the Economy Works for People

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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Youth Summit

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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6th November 2021

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A Bird’s Eye View – Creating Space for Nature

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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7th November 2021

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

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

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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8th November 2021

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Eco Innovation and Job Creation Business Breakfast

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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Help Turn Trash into Treasure – Community Art Installation - Day 2

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

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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Driving Climate Action in UK Cities and Communities

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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9th November 2021

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

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

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. 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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10th November 2021

Silver Metal Scrap

Help Turn Trash into Treasure – Community Art Installation - Day 3

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

Growing a Green City

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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Sustainable and Active Travel

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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Sustainable Regeneration: Café Conversation

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

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.

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11th November 2021

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Sustainable Cities Business Breakfast

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.

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Climate Hackathon

Online - Ulster Bank
10am - 4pm

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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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. 

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12th November 2021

Climate Hackathon

Online - Ulster Bank
10am - 5:15pm

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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Titanic Denim Upcycle Demonstration | IKEA

IKEA Belfast
All Day

Drop-in and create together with Titanic Denim, a demonstration with materials and pre-loved clothing to reimagine the world of upcycling.  

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13th November 2021

Sustainable Fashion Show | IKEA

IKEA Belfast
2pm - 4pm

A fun and creative fashion show for all the family.  The fashion event will showcase pre-loved items of clothing sourced from our local Barnardo’s charity shops.

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14th November 2021

Sustainable Pop Up Shop | IKEA

IKEA Belfast
1pm - 3pm

Visit us in our very own Barnardo’s pop-up shop, featuring all items of clothing from our fashion show and much more!  

All proceeds will go to our charity partners at Barnardo’s. 

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