Destinations London Schedules

Here you will find the full schedule for all sessions and presentations at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show London including: Stanfords Travel Writers Festival, Meet The Experts Theatres 1 and 2, Experience The World & Taste The World.

To help you nagivate this page, here is a useful guide:

  • You can filter by day or by Theatre (these are known as Tracks)
  • Meet The Experts Theare 1 is coloured in dark blue
  • Meet The Experts Theare 2 is coloured in red
  • Stanfords Travel Writers Theatre is coloured in green

What are the various stages?

Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Brought to you by Stanfords, hear inspiring talks from explorers, adventurers, historians, novelists, TV personalities and many more of the very best travel authors.

Meet The Experts Theatres 1 & 2

Expert talks covering the different corners of the globe. Speakers will give you unique insight into their experiences and take you on fascinating and memorable journeys to inspire your next adventure.

Experience The World Stage

Dive in and experience world cultures, and entertainment. Enjoy the spectacle of cultural performances and get involved with interactive displays. Here you will discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Taste The World Stage

Get a taste for unusual international delicacies with hundreds of free world food and drink samples and discover the essence of new cultures and a whole host of new destinations.

Destinations London 2019 Schedules

Meet The Experts London - Theatre 1

Thu 31 Jan 10:45 to 11:30

Presentation title

Why Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan, the colourful and fertile land that has provided a dramatic stage for characters as diverse as Tamerlane, Marco Polo, Ghervais Khan and Alexander the Great, and through which the fabled Great Silk road which once linked the Meditteranean with the Pacific Ocean is the perfect setting for a never-to-be-forgotten holiday. From the modern streets of Tashkent to the majestic mosques, minarets and madressahs of cities such as Bukhara & Samarkand and from its snow-capped mountains to the breathtaking beauty of its lakes this fascinating country has something for everyone. 

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Thu 31 Jan 11:45 to 12:30

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Wax & Gold: Discovering Ethiopia

.A regular visitor for three years to Ethiopia, this talk depicts an epic first journey of three months in which I traversed the entire country alone to explore both it’s known and completely uncharted mountain ranges, discover its ancient cultural heritage, and experience the religious festivals and legendary hospitality of this most unique of countries. ‘The Tibet of Africa’ – Ethiopia is an ancient mountainous land and one of the first countries in the world to adopt the Christian faith. Hear about my journey to the 13th Century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela; traversing the highest mountain plateau in all of Africa in the Bale Mountains in the cool green south of the country where horses and the rare Ethiopian Wolf abound.

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Thu 31 Jan 12:45 to 13:30

Presentation title

How to prepare and what to pack for your first Iceland visit?

Let the All Iceland Team help you get ready for Iceland! When you travel in Iceland the weather can be very unpredictable and a question we always get is "What should we pack, what should we wear and how do we make the most of our time in Iceland?" Let us give you some real insider hints and tips, as all our Iceland Travel Specialists are Icelandic. Knowing just a few basic principles will mean you are able to stay warm and happy throughout your trip, come rain, shine or snow storm. Come and meet the Team and you can also ask all the questions you want!

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Thu 31 Jan 13:45 to 14:30

Presentation title

Rural India & Green Footprints

A rare insight to rural India and how to make your trip a special experience, by combining rural villages, home stays as well as old heritage hotels.

A Journey by toy train to the foothills of the Himalayas to Shimla and beyond. Discovering sustainable ways and skills hidden away in the villages, sadly now fast disappearing.

Exploring plastic free travel and making an appeal to avoid plastic. Extreme measures to have a guilt free trip, even at home. Gain cultural experiences to beat the threat of air pollution. Consider the responsibilities to carry with you on your holiday. How to add on a sustainable task with your tour to contribute towards the clean air mission? Get involved to improve our air and to leave green footprints behind. Easy ways to get your visa at home for India and to have a memorable trip.

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Thu 31 Jan 14:45 to 15:30

Presentation title

Patagonia - Off the Beaten Track

Edward and Emily will recount their latest experiences in remote Patagonia, from Torres del Paine in the south to Villarica volcano in the Chilean lake district. They will contrast the many travel options, including the various border crossings with Argentina, where to stay, and how long to allow for journeys to this beautiful and still little-visited corner of Latin America.

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Thu 31 Jan 15:45 to 16:30

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Carl Meadows
North Korea Travel Specialist

Presentation title

North Korea - Visiting the World's Most Secretive Nation

Always on the lookout for expanding into the more weird and wonderful parts of the world, Regent's founder Neil Taylor was approached by the North Koreans in the early 1980's to investigate the possibility of western tourists visiting the country and in 1986 the very first tour group from Regent went to the country.

Despite many ups and downs over the years; the collapse of the Soviet Union, the seeming sudden deaths of the two previous leaders, UN sanctions and the odd nuclear test thrown in for good measure - somehow dispute all odds, at Regent we've never looked back.

Carl Meadows, Regent's North Korea tells his tale of feeling completely hooked by the country since that first visit and explains how the country has changed over the past decade and how the tourism potential continues to increase as tours put together at Regent continue to evolve. Q&A will follow.

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Fri 01 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

Presentation title

Eswatini- Africas Newest Country

During 2018’s spectacular 50/50 celebrations, the world was shocked by the country’s name change from Swaziland to Eswatini! Yet Africa’s newest nation is also the best for traditional cultural experiences. Eswatini embodies the essence of Africa in a small yet diverse destination. Eswatini is a tiny country with a big heart and warm, friendly people. As the only absolute monarchy in Africa it embraces and upholds its own unique and ancient traditions which are careful guarded and faithfully celebrated. Stunning and varied landscapes are to be seen and explored - mountains and valleys, forests and plains – many with exciting activities on offer. And Eswatini’s parks and reserves offer thrilling safaris to see the Big Five (including some of the best rhino experiences in Africa), a number of endangered species and truly outstanding birdlife. All of this in a country that can be driven across in a matter of a few hours!

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Fri 01 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

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Speakers:

Daniel Adams
HEAD OF PRODUCT & MARKETING

Presentation title

TRANSCENDENTAL, LIFE CHANGING & LIFE ENRICHING TRAVEL

The realisation that travel is about observing a culture and way of life, not trying to change it and what we take from that into our own lives to enrich our mind, body & spirit.

 

How it has changed my view of the environment we live in and the changes I have witnessed in others and follow up stories of personal experiences.

 

Travel creating passions and indulgences one never knew one had or had suppressed due to lifestyle and time limitations and how after travel inspiration it was later indulged upon and how we constantly see the niche within our niche to encourage this.

 

 

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Fri 01 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

Presentation title

Travel Trends for 2019

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Fri 01 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

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Andy Tucker
General Manager

Presentation title

Galapagos: The Enchanted Isles

Ancient seafarers called them the Enchanted Isles, recognising their unique landscape and extraordinary fauna, but it was Charles Darwin who drew The Galapagos Islands to the world’s attention. By observing the fascinating adaptations made in the birds and reptiles on these predator-free islands, Darwin formulated his theory of evolution. Their natural history is outstanding; 28 bird species occur nowhere else in the world. There are giant tortoises, prehistoric-looking Land and Marine Iguanas, colourful crabs and even a Galápagos Snake. Most appealing of all is the tame and obliging nature of this extraordinary wildlife; it is a photographer’s paradise — a telephoto lens is usually unnecessary. 

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Fri 01 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

Presentation title

Travel writing for beginners

 

An introduction to travel writing for anyone who wants to turn their travels into stories, whether for pleasure or for publication.  The author of The Travel Writer’s Way, the ultimate handbook for aspiring travel writers, shares 20 years’ experience as a travel magazine editor, travel writer and expert writing tutor.  Lorie offers a complete overview of the creative and commercial aspects of becoming a travel writer,  including writing blogs, articles and books.  Suitable for all levels, from beginners to semi-professional.

 

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Fri 01 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

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Speakers:

Aled Evans
Head of Business Development Undiscovered Destinations

Presentation title

Somaliland - The country that isn't.

Somaliland is the country that isn’t’. An unrecognised, self-declared state, internationally considered to be an autonomous region of Somalia, Somaliland has all the trappings of a ‘real’ country. With its own currency, consulates, security forces and flag, Aled says that it is difficult not to call Somaliland a country in its own right.

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Sat 02 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Chris Mallett
Habitat for Humanity GB Team Leader
Hilary Rhoden
Commercial Strategy Consultant & Founder AshVerica Solutions Ltd

Presentation title

Travelling with Purpose, Is volunteering overseas right for you??

Volunteering overseas can give travellers a unique glimpse into the culture, history, lifestyle, and traditions of the countries they are visiting. Provided it’s done well.

After all, it’s natural to wonder about the impact of a volunteer trip - sometimes, finding ways to meaningfully give back can seem like a minefield. How do you know the support you’re giving is making a real difference? How do you know the people you are meeting are really benefiting from your support? These are key questions every would-be volunteer needs to ask, because, when properly designed, volunteering can be an immersive opportunity that helps uncover the true essence of a country, while leaving behind a positive legacy.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

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Damian Croft
Founding Director of Esplora

Presentation title

Wine and Winemaking in Georgia

As wine-drinkers search for ever more varied and interesting wines, it is understandable that their attention has turned to Georgia. A relative newcomer on the European stage, Georgian wine nevertheless has a lineage that stretches back further than any other: for it is here that wine-making began.

 

In Georgia they have traditionally used clay amphorae (known as "qvevri") to age their wine and this millennia-old technique has now been listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Purists argue that this method of wine-making allows the true grape-flavours to predominate and spares the wine from being smothered by oak and tannins.

 

But the vine itself and drinking also have interesting traditions in Georgia. Saint Nino, their patron saint, bore a cross made from vine wood, thus linking wine with Christianity. And for centuries, Georgians drank, and in some areas still drink, their wine from animal horns.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

Presentation title

Meet Your South Africa: how best to immerse yourself in local culture when travelling.

Thoko Jili will discuss her own personal experiences as a tour guide in South Africa and introduce the audience to the wonders of Zulu culture. As an expert in her field, she will explain the importance of connecting with locals when travelling abroad and why learning about their culture is so valuable to ensure holidaymakers have an authentic and memorable travel experience. She will be discussing with South African Tourism her involvement in their new campaign ‘Meet Your South Africa’ which aims to connect British travellers with the people of South Africa by showcasing the diverse range of experiences available in the destination.

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Sat 02 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

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Alan Palmer
Director – Yak Travel

Presentation title

Walking with migrants – a trek in Morocco with a difference

This autumn, Morocco trekking expert Alan Palmer undertook a trek with a difference, accompanying an Aït ‘Atta family, plus their camels, sheep, goats, mules, ponies, dogs and chickens, for 10 days on their annual transhumance migration.

 

This trail led him from the family’s summer pastures in Morocco's Central High Atlas Mountains to the fringes of their homeland in Jebel Sahro, the Land of Drought, deep in the south of the country, in preparation for winter.

 

For the first eight days they trekked together along a route only ever used by transhumance families, without phone signal and without internet, and not seeing a single other permanent settlement.

 

In this talk he will explain to us the insight that he gained into this little understood, traditional lifestyle and the modern pressures it increasingly faces.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

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Speakers:

Andy Squirrell
Titans Travel MD

Presentation title

River Cruise Masterclass.

Enjoy a panel lead session about River Cruise with some  top experts.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

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Speakers:

Sally Hauser
GRJ Independent

Presentation title

The World's Most Luxurious Rail Journeys

Is there any better way to travel than by rail? The journey is effortless, the views are unrivalled, and the carriages are comfortable places to settle and watch the world go by. Discover an entirely different way of viewing the world, and enjoy this unique vantage point of your chosen destination. A luxury train holiday offers you the chance to enjoy the most stylish form of travel available anywhere in the world. From the historic Orient Express to the extravagant Pride of Africa, our luxurious train holidays represent the pinnacle of international rail travel. Combine some of the world's most stunning scenery with the unrivalled experience offered on these luxury trains for a holiday that you will never forget.

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Sun 03 Feb 10:45 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Ian Coates
Managing Director

Presentation title

Focus on my favourite Portuguese islands – Flores in the Azores and Fogo in Cape Verde.

Travel is not a bucket list of places you visit in your lifetime; it’s about the people we meet during our travels, the quality of time you have in the places you visit and the friends we make in the end.

During the presentation, I want to focus on my favourite island in the Azores, Flores a lush volcanic island with flowers and my favourite island in Cape Verde, Fogo the island of fire  – they have more in common than just the first letter ‘F!’

I'll talk about the similarities and differences between the islands and show some of the most amazing drone footage made by a talented videographer who was commissioned by us and spent some time on both islands. The talk will also include interviews with some of our friends who live on Flores and Fogo and who share our love of these remote places of the world.

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Sun 03 Feb 11:45 to 12:30

Presentation title

Land of the Lemurs – Fall in Love with Madagascar

Pioneer Director, Laurenne, has a deep knowledge and understanding of Madagascar and it is her favourite destination in the world.

In this talk Laurenne offers her personal  insight to this unique country : - providing information on the the numerous stunning national parks along with the lemurs that reside in them, allowing you to get  a real feel for Madagascar and what it has to offer.  As well as the highlights, this talk also gives a real honest and human perspective offering  some of the challenges  of  travel to Madagascar, advice on trip planning (you can’t see it all in 2 weeks!)  as well as giving further information of when to travel and hidden gems to discover!.  If Madagascar is on your bucket list, we would highly recommend this talk.

  

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Sun 03 Feb 12:45 to 13:30

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Paul Goldstein
Guide, Wildlife Photographer & Presenter

Presentation title

Wildlife Exposed - From the plains to the poles

The Sunday Times described Paul as a 'wildlife guide of preposterous gusto ' and this translates into his lectures which are lavishly illustrated as ever with a whole new crop of images. 'No-one will pull you up the photographic tree higher, or quicker' is how they also described him. Outspoken, eloquent and opinionated, come and get a wildlife fix.

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Sun 03 Feb 13:45 to 14:30

Presentation title

Brilliant Baja!

On a recent visit to Mexico's Baja Peninsula, Helen’s expectations were blown out of the water by the incredible wildlife on offer. From leaping dolphins, somersaulting mobulas and flying fish, to more breaching humpbacks than you could shake a stick at! This marine mammal extravaganza has left an indelible impression!

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Sun 03 Feb 14:45 to 15:30

Presentation title

Thematic Expert Lead Tours for Superlative Travel Experiences

This session will be focused on how the trend towards deep, expert lead travel can lead to the most satisfying travel experiences. As most of the Western world travel's more frequently with each year, there is a yearning to get under the skin of local cultures and places in a way that can only be achieved with expert local guides or highly engaging experiences. Modern-day travel companies are now tailoring to this need by putting together flexible but thematic itineraries accompanied by leading experts to share their unique knowledge. Whether it be a spy and espionage itinerary in Berlin, mob tours of New York or political tours of Washington there is an emergence of a new genre of travel. 

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Sun 03 Feb 15:45 to 16:30

Presentation title

South Africa- Garden Route explained and explored

South Africa's Garden Route is most people’s first taste of Southern Africa. However this trip has some great twists and add ons not found in most Garden Route trips you will find. What those are you need to come to the talk. You will be glad you did as the reviews of our trip indicate how much people enjoy this area.
If you do not like spectacular scenery, great food, fantastic wine and some of the best accommodation in the World then this talk is not for you. However if this temps you join us for how to do this best and incorporate some great wildlife viewing as well.
Questions are encouraged and answered hopefully honesty and with humour.

 

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Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Thu 31 Jan 11:00 to 12:00

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Speakers:

John Rendall
Lecturer & Safari Leader
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

The Story of Christian the Lion

John Rendall talks to Julia Wheeler about the story that captured the imagination of the world. In 1969 Harrods department store in London sold a lion cub to John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke. For a year Christian the lion lived happily and safely with his human 'pride' in Chelsea. When Christian outgrew his London environment he was entrusted to the care of George Adamson in Kenya, who with his wife Joy, had successfully rehabilitated their lioness Elsa, the subject of Joy's Book Born Free. A year after Christian had been living in the wild John and Ace returned to Kenya to try and find him. The film clip of their emotional reunion has now been viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube.
 

After the talk, John will be signing copies of his book Christian the Lion at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 12:00 to 13:00

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Julian Sayarer
Author & Journalist
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

All at Sea: Another Side of Paradise with Julian Sayarer

Former Stanfords Travel Writer of the Year Julian Sayarer talks to Paul Blezard about his experiences on the small island of Surin, near the navel border of Thailand and Myanmar. Julian was initially brought to the area as an on-location writer for a crew filming a documentary about the indigenous people known as Moken 'sea gypsies'.  Events unfold in a reality strangely different to that version captured by the lens. In the quest for indigenous wisdom, cameras and tripods clutter bamboo huts, while fishing trips and dives are staged beneath the waves. With the quest for paradise seeming ever more artificial, Sayarer instead begins listening to the stories of Laurie, an old sailor, with a life on the water behind him, and in whose ship the crew sail out into the Andaman Sea.

 

After the talk, Julian will be signing copies of his books, including All at Sea at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 13:00 to 14:00

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Tim Marshall
Journalist & Broadcaster

Presentation title

Divided: Why we're Living in an Age of Walls with Tim Marshall

Informed by 30 years commenting on world affairs, Tim Marshall’s illuminating explanations of global politics made Prisoners of Geography an international bestseller. In his latest book Divided he brings that wealth of experience and insight to explain what has divided us, past and present, showing how it informs much of what is going on in the world today. In Europe the divisions of the past decade threaten not only European unity, but in some countries liberal democracy itself. In China, the Party’s need to contain the divisions wrought by capitalism will define the nation’s future. In the USA the rationale for the Mexican border wall taps into the fear that the USA will no longer be a white majority country.

After the talk, Tim will be signing copies of his books, including Divided at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Emma Slade
Author, Buddhist Nun & Charity Founder
Justin Butcher
Actor, Writer & Director
Guy Stagg
Author
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

A Modern Pilgrim's Journey

For centuries people have been making spiritual journeys in search of enlightenment or following some kind of sacred footsteps. Emma Slade, Justin Butcher and Guy Stagg have all recently written very different books following this theme. Here they discuss the historical significance and personal experiences behind these journeys, how they can be secular and offer advice for anyone planning on going on a pilgrimage or creating one of their own. The panel will be chaired by Paul Blezard, who has himself cycled to Santiago di Compostela.

 

After the talk, Emma, Justin and Guy will be signing copies of their books, including Set Free, Walking to Jerusalem and The Crossway at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Thu 31 Jan 15:00 to 16:00

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Peter Frankopan
Historian & Author

Presentation title

The New Silk Road with Peter Frankopan

When The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was published in 2015 Peter Frankopan changed how we view the past, selling over 1 million copies around the world and remaining in the Sunday Times bestseller list for 31 weeks. The New Silk Roads brings this story up to date, providing a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the Western world stand in sharp contrast to what has been happening along the Silk Roads since 2015, where the story has been about deepening ties and trying to work together.

 

After the talk, Peter will be signing copies of his books, including The New Silk Road at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand. Peter talks to Paul Blezard.

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Thu 31 Jan 16:00 to 17:00

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Kate Humble
Farmer, Writer,Activist & TV Presenter

Presentation title

Why We Walk with Kate Humble:

Kate Humble talks to Julia Wheeler about the benefits of walking and her book Thinking on My Feet in which she recorded her walks (and runs) throughout a single year, but also charted her feelings and impressions throughout. She looks at the reasons why we walk – whether for creative energy, challenge and pleasure, or therapeutic benefits, and offers reflections and insights that will encourage, motivate and spur you into action. In her book she also included walks with others who have discovered the magical, soothing effect of putting one foot in front of the other, including the artist who walks to find inspiration for his next painting and the woman who walked every footpath in Wales (3,700 miles) when she discovered she had cancer.

 

After the talk, Kate will be signing copies of her book Thinking on My Feet at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Tommy Barnes
Brewer & Author
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Escaping the Rat Race and Brewing Beer in the Loire

Micro-breweries are popping up every day making styles of ale that are re-defining beer as a luxury drink, so Tommy decides to start a micro-brewery in his barn in France. Sadly, it turns out 20 years of drinking beer doesn’t qualify you to brew it.  Tommy Barnes talks to Julia Wheeler about his experiences of leaving London behind to begin a new life in the Loire with his family and starting a micro-brewery with no previous experience.

 

After the talk, Tommy will be signing copies of his book A Beer in the Loire at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Ed Gorman
Journalist & Author
John McCarthy
Writer & Broadcaster

Presentation title

Ed Gorman in Conversation with John McCarthy

Ed Gorman talks to John McCarthy about his career as a journalist covering conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Balkans and Afghanistan. Looking at how these experiences can completely change your life, they will also be talking about Ed’s book Death of a Translator which is a searingly honest description of a mind haunted and eventually paralysed by the terror of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

After the talk, Ed will be signing copies of his book Death of a Translator at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Lizzie Carr
Activist, Adventurer & Paddle Boarder
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Paddling Britain and Beyond with Lizzie Carr

In 2016 Lizzie Car became the first person to paddle board the entire length of Britain’s waterways. In 2017 she became the first woman to paddle board solo across the English Channel. In 2018 she became the first person to paddle board the entire length of the Hudson River.  She combined her paddle boarding with raising awareness of plastic pollution. Lizzie speaks to Phoebe Smith about how paddle boarding has gained popularity and become an easy way to travel waterways. She will also be giving tips on how we can all do our bit to improve plastic pollution.

 

After the talk, Lizzie will be signing copies of her book Paddling Britain at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Don McCullin
Photographer
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Sir Don McCullin in Conversation

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Fri 01 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Tristan Gooley
Natural Navigator
Mary-Ann Ochata
Broadcaster, Anthropologist & Author

Presentation title

Reading the Landscpe

Achieve a level of outdoor awareness that will enable you to understand the landscape around you. Tristan Gooley shows how it is possible to sense direction from stars and plants, forecast weather from woodland sounds and predict the next action of an animal from its body language – instantly. Mary-Ann Ochota shares her archaeological expertise to reveal the historic features you can spot in the countryside around you – from Bronze Age burial mounds to turnpiked toll roads.

 

After the talk, Tristan and Mary-Ann will be signing copies of their books including Wild Signs and Star Paths: The Keys to our Lost Sixth Sense and Hidden Histories: A Spotter’s Guide to the British Landscape at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Fri 01 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Paul Blezard about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

 

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books, including Arabia at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Jonathan Drori
Author & Environmentalist

Presentation title

Around the World in 80 Trees

Calling all nature lovers. Join us as Jonathan Drori talks about his new book Around the World in 80 Trees. From India’s sacred banyan to the fragrant cedar of Lebanon, they offer us sanctuary and inspiration – not to mention the raw materials for everything from aspirin to maple syrup. Jonathan uses plant science to illuminate how trees play a role in every part of human life, from the romantic to the regrettable, to the downright ridiculous.

 

After the talk, Jonathan will be signing copies of his book Around the World in 80 Trees at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Sean Conway
Extreme Endurance Adventurer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Running Britain with Sean Conway

Sean Conway talks to Phoebe Smith about the third and final leg in the world’s first length of Britain Triathlon. Having already cycled and swum the length of Britain, Sean completed his trilogy by running all the way from John O'Groats to Land's End entirely unsupported. The adventure was turned into a successful Documentary on Discovery Channel. Sean ran nearly a marathon every day carrying just a small rucksack and had to change trainers every 10 days because they wore out. 

 

After the talk, Sean will be signing copies of his books including Running Britain at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Lloyd Figgins
Travel Safety Expert

Presentation title

Travel Safety with International Security Expert Lloyd Figgins

The rewards you can reap from exploring this amazing planet are incalculable. Every year, more and more of us are discovering the joy, the excitement, the sheer sense of adventure in roaming the world. But travelling, particularly to the more remote and volatile corners of the globe, can be a dangerous business. If you don't prepare properly - by looking for potential hazards and learning how best to deal with them - you may wish you'd never started out. Lloyd Figgins, travel risk expert & author of the The Travel Survival Guide offers up-to-date, no-nonsense, practical advice on how to prepare for a trip, recognise warning signs, avoid potential hazards and cope with emergencies should they occur.

 

After the talk, Lloyd will be signing copies of his book The Travel Survival Guide at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Ishbel Holmes
Adventurer, Author & Animal Rescuer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Cycling with a Rescued Street Dog

Ishbel Holmes was determined to cycle the world but her journey took a completely unexpected turn when she rescued a street dog in Turkey. Between the two there formed a deep bond and their relationship was followed and supported by thousands of readers online, before becoming a media sensation overnight when Ishbel put out a plea for help to transport Lucy to an animal shelter three hundred miles away. Ishbel talks to Phoebe Smith about this heart-rending tale of adventure, one person's determination to cross an unfamiliar country by bike and the unforgettable scenes that greet her on the Turkey-Syria border and into Syria itself.

 

After the talk, Ishbel will be signing copies of her book Me, My Bike and a Street Dog Called Lucy at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Julian Sayarer
Author & Journalist
Alev Scott
Author & Journalist
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Ottomoan Odessey: Travels through a Lost Empire with Alev Scott

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Sat 02 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Julia Wheeler about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

 

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books, including Arabia at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 11:00 to 12:00

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Speakers:

Andy Scott
Author and Conflict Adviser, UK Government
Fearghal O'Nuallain
Author & Explorer
Paul Blezard
Interviewer
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Travel Etiquette

When travelling, what is appropriate behaviour when greeting people? Should you offer a handshake, a kiss on the cheek or two kisses? Different countries have their own set of rules regarding eating, dressing, cleanliness, hospitality and religion. What traditions should you absolutely partake in and which should you merely observe. Are there ways to find out these things before hand or should you just trust the kindness of strangers? Phoebe Smith, Fearghal O'Nuallain, and Andy Scott share their knowledge and experiences with Paul Blezard.

 

After the talk Phoebe, Fearghal and Andy Scott and Phoebe Smith will be signing copies of their books, including The Wilderness Cookbook, The Kindness of Strangers and One Kiss or Two at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 12:00 to 13:00

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Speakers:

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent
Travel Writer & TV Producer
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer
Lois Pryce
Author & Travel Writer

Presentation title

Solo Motorcycle Adventures

Travel writers Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Lois Pryce talk to Julia Wheeler about their extensive solo travels by motorbike in many regions all over the world including India’s Arunachal Pradesh, Iran and South America. Hear about their epic adventures and the discoveries they’ve made as they talk about venturing off the beaten track, banish myths about solo female travel and offer tips on how to conquer loneliness and homesickness while travelling alone.

 

After the talk, Antonia and Lois will be signing copies of their books, including Land of the Dawn-Lit Mountains and Revolutionary Ride at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 13:00 to 14:00

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Speakers:

Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer
Nicholas Crane
Author & Broadcaster

Presentation title

You Are Here: A Brief Guide to the World with Nicholas Crane

One word binds us all: geography. We are all geographers, human beings who care about the places we think of as 'home' - our habitat. Nicholas Crane makes the compelling case to Julia Wheeler that geography has never been so important. On this finite orb, with its battered habitat, sustained in dark space by a thin, life-giving atmosphere, we have reached a point in our collective geographical journey where knowledge is the best guarantor of the future.

 

After the talk, Nicholas will be signing copies of his books, including You Are Here at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 14:00 to 15:00

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Speakers:

Chris Bonington
Mountaineer, Writer, Photographer & Lecturer
Paul Blezard
Interviewer

Presentation title

Sir Chris Bonington in Conversation

Britain’s greatest mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington talks to Paul Blezard about his career spanning six decades of climbing peaks, across all continents. He has undertaken nineteen Himalayan expeditions, including four to Mount Everest which he climbed in 1985 at the age of fifty, and has made many first ascents in the Alps and greater ranges of the world. Along the way we will be fascinated by his many daring climbs, near-death adventures, and the many luminaries of the mountain fraternity he has climbed with.

After the talk, Chris will be signing copies of his book Ascent at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Sun 03 Feb 15:00 to 16:00

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Speakers:

Monisha Rajesh
Author & Journalist
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Presentation title

Around the World in 80 Trains

When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn’t long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles, almost twice the circumference of the earth,  coasting along the world’s most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet’s Qinghai railway to silk sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Monisha talks to Julia Wheeler about her automotive adventures.

 

After the talk, Monisha will be signing copies of her books, including Around the World in 80 Trains at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

 

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Sun 03 Feb 16:00 to 17:00

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Speakers:

Levison Wood
Author & Film Maker
Phoebe Smith
Travel Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter

Presentation title

Levison Wood in Conversation

Levison Wood talks to Phoebe Smith about his life as an adventurer and his latest book Arabia. Following in the footsteps of great explorers such as Lawrence of Arabia and Wilfred Thesiger, Arabia is Levison Wood's account of his most complex expedition yet: circumnavigating the Arabian Peninsula. Travelling through some of the harshest and most beautiful environments on earth, he seeks to challenge our perceptions of an often misunderstood part of the world, seeing how the region has changed and examining the stories we don't often hear about in the media.

 

After the talk, Levison will be signing copies of his books, including Arabia at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Taste The World

Thu 31 Jan 11:00 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Berlin, Germany: Currywurst

Popular German Streetfood: This recipe is by Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth at The German Gymnasium, Kings Cross 

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Thu 31 Jan 11:40 to 12:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

India: Chickpea Dal

Delicious Vegetarian Dish Featuring Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic and Spices

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Thu 31 Jan 12:20 to 12:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

South Africa: Bunny Chow

Danielle Watt from DK Eyewitness is in conversation with Andrew Dickens whilst they cook up the delicious Historic Bunny Chow: This recipe is by Chef Kevin Joseph from Red Carnation Hotels

 

 

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Thu 31 Jan 13:00 to 13:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Cocktails From Around The World- with Pergola Olympia

Curated by Pergola, Olympia - A Botanical Bolthole. Enjoy a Cocktail demonstration with Andrew Dickens and experts from Pergola Olympia.

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Thu 31 Jan 14:00 to 14:40

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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America: 18 Hour Pulled Beef Brisket

Andrew Dickens will really get your tongues tingling with his take on the Classic American BBQ!

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Thu 31 Jan 14:40 to 15:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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Brazilian Seafood Stew

Andrew Dickens will be cooking up a storm with help from the amazing Masterchef Professionals Semi-Finalist Luciana Berry

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Thu 31 Jan 15:20 to 15:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Dominican Republic: Mama Juana

The "National Drink" of the Dominican Republic: Rum, Red Wine, Honey, Tree Bark & Herbs

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Fri 01 Feb 11:00 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Berlin, Germany: Currywurst

Popular German Streetfood: This recipe is by Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth at The German Gymnasium, Kings Cross 

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Fri 01 Feb 11:40 to 12:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

India: Chickpea Dal

Delicious Vegetarian Dish Featuring Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic and Spices

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Fri 01 Feb 12:20 to 12:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

South Africa: Bunny Chow

 Lauren Whybrow from DK Eyewitness is in conversation with Andrew Dickens whilst cooking up delicious Historic Bunny Chow or Durban Curry: This recipe is by Chef Kevin Joseph from Red Carnation Hotels

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Fri 01 Feb 13:00 to 13:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Cocktails From Around The World

Andrew Dickens will be helping to create a demonstration on Cocktails from around the world- Curated by Pergola, Olympia - A Botanical Bolthole

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Fri 01 Feb 14:00 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

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America: 18 Hour Pulled Beef Brisket

Andrew Dickens gives us a little insight into his take on the Classic American BBQ- and no doubt making the whole show smell amazing!

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Fri 01 Feb 14:40 to 15:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Brazilian Cured Beef with Cassava Mousseline

Andrew Dickens will be cooking up a storm with Masterchef Professionals Semi-Finalist Luciana Berry

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Sat 02 Feb 11:00 to 11:45

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Berlin, Germany: Currywurst

Popular German Streetfood: This recipe is by Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth at The German Gymnasium, Kings Cross 

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Sat 02 Feb 11:40 to 12:10

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Presentation title

South Africa: Bunny Chow

South Africa Tourism Travel Guide Thoko Jili is in conversation with Andrew Dickens whilst cooking up the delicious Historic Bunny Chow. This recipe is by Chef Kevin Joseph from Red Carnation Hotels

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Sat 02 Feb 12:20 to 12:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

India: Chickpea Dal

Delicious Vegetarian Dish Featuring Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic and Spices

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Sat 02 Feb 13:00 to 13:30

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Presentation title

Cocktails From Around The World

Andrew Dickens will be helping to create a demonstration on Cocktails from around the world- Curated by Pergola, Olympia - A Botanical Bolthole

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Sat 02 Feb 14:00 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

America: 18 Hour Pulled Beef Brisket

Andrew Dickens will really get your tongues tingling with his take on the Classic American BBQ!

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Sat 02 Feb 14:40 to 15:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Amazonian Cuisine: Fish with Acai

Andrew Dickens will be cooking up a storm with Masterchef Professionals Semi-Finalist Luciana Berry

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Sat 02 Feb 15:20 to 15:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Dominican Republic: Mama Juana

The "National Drink" of the Dominican Republic: Rum, Red Wine, Honey, Tree Bark & Herbs

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Sun 03 Feb 11:00 to 11:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Berlin, Germany: Currywurst

Popular German Streetfood: This recipe is by Executive Chef Bjoern Wassmuth at The German Gymnasium, Kings Cross 

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Sun 03 Feb 11:40 to 12:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

India: Chickpea Dal

Delicious Vegetarian Dish Featuring Chickpeas, Tomatoes, Ginger, Garlic and Spices

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Sun 03 Feb 12:20 to 12:50

Event stream:

Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

South Africa: Bunny Chow

Bess Daly from DK Eyewitness is in conversation with Andrew Dickens whilst they cook up the delicious Historic Bunny Chow: This recipe is by Chef Kevin Joseph from Red Carnation Hotels

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Sun 03 Feb 13:00 to 13:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Cocktails From Around The World

Curated by Pergola, Olympia - A Botanical Bolthole. Enjoy a Cocktail demonstration with Andrew Dickens and experts from Pergola Olympia.

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Sun 03 Feb 14:00 to 14:30

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

America: 18 Hour Pulled Beef Brisket

Andrew Dickens will really get your tongues tingling with his take on the Classic American BBQ!

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Sun 03 Feb 14:40 to 15:10

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Brazilian Picanha Steak with Nikkei Dressing

Andrew Dickens will be cooking up a storm with Masterchef Professionals Semi-Finalist Luciana Berry

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Sun 03 Feb 15:20 to 15:50

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Speakers:

Andrew Dickens
Expert Cook

Presentation title

Dominican Republic: Mama Juana

The "National Drink" of the Dominican Republic: Rum, Red Wine, Honey, Tree Bark & Herbs

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Meet The Experts London - Theatre 2

Thu 31 Jan 11:30 to 12:15

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Speakers:

Kate Humble
Farmer, Writer,Activist & TV Presenter

Presentation title

Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards

The Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards

Each year the readers of Wanderlust magazine are asked about their travels of the previous 12 months, and to rate the destinations they travelled to, and the companies, airlines and airports they used. With results based on real travel experiences, and with other categories including Top Travel Television programme and Top Guidebook series, it’s no wonder these are the most respected awards in travel.

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Thu 31 Jan 12:30 to 13:15

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Speakers:

Kate Humble
Farmer, Writer,Activist & TV Presenter
Benedict Allen
TV Presenter, explorer and author

Presentation title

Kate Humble and Benedict Allen In Conversation

 

Kate and Benedict will talk about their travels and adventures in Papua New Guinea

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Thu 31 Jan 13:30 to 14:15

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Speakers:

Clare Collins
Europe Product Manager, Explore

Presentation title

Chernobyl - A Holiday with a Difference

“Top of anyone’s list who is interested in Soviet history, urban exploration or dark tourism, is the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. So for me, the day I went on a Ukrainian winter adventure was the most exciting I can remember. I’ve seen photos and read about the history of Chernobyl, but it took my breath away. The truth of the accident is more harrowing, the site much bigger, and the buildings left behind more incredible than I’d imagined.

 

I setup the first Explore trip to Chernobyl in 2017 and the original departures sold out within just three days! Since then many Explore staff and hundreds of customers travelled here to see the Reactor Number 4 container, Pripyat city, and the massive Cold War radar and to have the experience of meeting someone living inside the zone. 

 

If you want to discover a place like no other, then Chernobyl is for you.” 

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Thu 31 Jan 14:30 to 15:15

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Speakers:

Sue Lawty
Tour Leader & Artist

Presentation title

Trekking through Wild Zanskar in the kingdom of Ladakh

Vast contorted geological folds split by pristine turquoise rushing rivers, thrust upwards from the depths of jaw dropping gorges, towards hidden passes and fluttering prayer flags in the powerful and dramatic landscape of Zanskar.

 

Recently returned from leading a successful three-week trek into this remote region, artist Sue Lawty presents her stunning images of ancient exposed cliff paths, exciting river crossings and majestic landscapes, revealing the impressive challenges of this strenuous trek.  

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Thu 31 Jan 15:30 to 16:15

Presentation title

One Extraordinary week in Alaska

Powell spent a week on a small cruise ship in Alaska – Dozens of glaciers, hundreds of whales including breaching humpbacks and a host of other wildlife such as Grizzly bears, sea lions & sea otters, perfect weather and the Northern Lights.

 

 

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Fri 01 Feb 10:30 to 11:15

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Speakers:

Justin Wateridge
Managing Director at Steppes Travel

Presentation title

MAKING A WAVE OF CHANGE IN TRAVEL: The fight against single-use plastic.

The statistics are devastating. Plastic has increased twenty-fold over the past 50 years, and will double again in the next 20 years. Already present in the stomachs of nearly all the world’s marine birds, by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh fish, covering large swaths of the Pacific in floating garbage slicks.

 

We can change this. Plastic pollution is not nature’s choice but ours.

 

Here's to the challenge of ensuring all business, airlines, properties become more conscious of plastic consumption - the power is in the hands of the consumer, our travellers to make a wave of change.

 

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Fri 01 Feb 11:30 to 12:15

Presentation title

Malawi- Africa’s Most Complete Destination

Malawi always had stunning landscapes, amazing beaches and the friendliest people in the world. It’s now undergoing an amazing wildlife transformation, including the world’s largest elephant translocation and predator introductions. These will see the country emerge as a safari gem and one of the most complete destinations in Africa - Lake, Landscape, Culture and now Wildlife experiences of the highest quality. Malawi is a genuine hidden gem - a small yet beautiful, varied and welcoming country uncrowded with tourists. The genuine smiles that greet all visitors really do make it the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Malawi is one of the safest and friendliest countries in all Africa, with a fascinating variety of sights, activities and experiences on offer and an excellent tourist infrastructure, it’s just waiting to be discovered. Get a taste of the amazing beauty and variety of the country in this illustrated and entertaining talk.

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Fri 01 Feb 12:30 to 13:15

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Speakers:

Penny Smith
Travelsphere Travel Ambassador

Presentation title

Why Escorted Touring is a great way to see the world

Travel Ambassador Penny Smith will be talking about why an escorted tour is a great way to see the world, she will be dispelling some of the myths about touring and inspiring travellers with her experiences following her trips with Travelsphere to India and the Amalfi Coast.

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Fri 01 Feb 13:30 to 14:15

Presentation title

The Lesser known Kerala

The talk will cover some hidden gems of Kerala that remain unexplored by the visitor.

While much is known about Kerala there is much that remains unknown, places explored by Harji during his 16 years there. Among the regions Harji will talk about are Mujris or Kondangalur, which has the oldest mosque, church and synagogue in the country; Thattekad, a tucked away bird sanctuary; Parambikulam,perhaps the richest wildlife park in the state; Bekal, a beach that is emerging and Thrissur with its rich tradition of promoting Kalaripeyattu, Kathakali, Mohinattam and Panch vadyam.

Of course Harji will also cover the popular areas of Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kovalam and the unique backwaters and the eco tourism that they sustain.

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Fri 01 Feb 14:30 to 15:15

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Sensational Costa Rica with Wanderlust

Costa Rica is bursting with natural wonders, an abundance of adventure and is the ecotourism capital of the world. Author and photojournalist Alex Robinson provides an insight into Costa Rica’s highlights and insider secrets. Alex Metcalfe won a photo assignment there in the last Wanderlust Photo of the Year Awards, and reports back with beautiful images of his trip, saying “Costa Rica has it all!”. Wanderlust editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes talks about why “off-season” is actually the best time for white water rafting and for seeing turtles nest on beaches.

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Fri 01 Feb 16:00 to 16:45

Presentation title

Wanderlust Travel Photo of the Year Awards

Many thousands of entries were received in this, the UK’s biggest travel photography competition, giving the judges difficult decisions to make! The final 40 photographs are exhibited at the show, and representatives of the judging panel will talk through the final selection, and what makes them so special, before announcing the category winners, each of whom win photo assignments to magical Hong Kong and Macao.

 

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Sat 02 Feb 10:30 to 11:15

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Speakers:

Aleem Raheem
Co-Founder – The Earth Trip

Presentation title

Sri Lanka- Why its the number one country for Travel in 2019

Sri Lanka has been named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Sri Lanka has no parallels. Learn why this tropical island seduces so many travellers and why you should come and experience it. Sri Lanka got something for everyone. It offers diverse wildlife, one of the best places in the world spot leopards, sloth bears, elephants and blue whales, rich ancient culture with eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, palm fringed beaches for surfing, snorkelling or diving, colourful mouth-watering food, stunning landscapes and walking trails of hill country, colonial history and tea hills. Sri Lanka offers so much in a small area with so much diversity. In this talk learn how best to experience the best of Sri Lanka.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:30 to 12:15

Presentation title

South Africa garden route explained and explored

South Africa's Garden Route is most people’s first taste of Southern Africa. However this trip has some great twists and add ons not found in most Garden Route trips you will find. What those are you need to come to the talk. You will be glad you did as the reviews of our trip indicate how much people enjoy this area.
If you do not like spectacular scenery, great food, fantastic wine and some of the best accommodation in the World then this talk is not for you. However if this temps you join us for how to do this best and incorporate some great wildlife viewing as well.
Questions are encouraged and answered hopefully honesty and with humour.

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Sat 02 Feb 12:30 to 13:15

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Speakers:

Paul Goldstein
Guide, Wildlife Photographer & Presenter

Presentation title

Georgia on my mind - Antarctica and South Georgia

Guide and photographer Paul Goldstein has spent many months of his life in the 7th continent and believes South Georgia to be, alongside the Mara Conservancies in Kenya, the most potent and fertile wilderness anywhere. Seals, millions of penguins and glaciers are a seductive cocktail for any wilderness fan and this award-winning photographer will entertain you in a way few others can match. He has guided there many times with Chris Packham and again the pair will join forces on a special departure in November 2020. They recently returned from the ice in December. 

 

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Sat 02 Feb 13:30 to 14:15

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Speakers:

Charlie Hopkinson
Dragoman Business Development & Sales Director

Presentation title

How Overlanding gets you places other tours can’t

Charlie Hopkinson in his own, inimitable way explains why Dragoman’s mantra “It’s the journey not just the destination” is so important to overlanding. In his talk Charlie will give a great insight into the overlanding lifestyle explaining how Dragoman’s specialised iconic orange trucks can reach places other forms of transport just can’t reach. Whether heading into the wilds of Kyrgyzstan on the fabled Silk Route, visiting the remarkable Rainbow Mountains in western China,  crossing the remote Amazon basin in Brazil or the Sahara Desert in Sudan.

 

Find out how travelling with Dragoman you will be able to take time to enjoy the journey discovering the best of a region for more in-depth experience – spend a week exploring Inca trails around Cuzco, enjoy a 2 day canoe safari on the Zambezi or take a 5 day guided tour of the Odisha Tribal Region.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:30 to 15:15

Presentation title

Women in focus

The growing trend of women-only adventure tours shows that female travellers are looking for more than just yoga or spa holidays. They want to travel to exciting cultures in a safe environment, learn about the customs and challenges facing women in other cultures and tackle bucket list challenges with like-minded women.  Zina works at Intrepid, organising the trips for travellers to visit a women’s artisan co-op in Talsanant, visit a Berber family in M’goun Valley and to learn how to make fresh khobz (flatbread). Zina talks about this style of travel and what makes them different to traditional adventure holidays.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:30 to 16:15

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Speakers:

Stanley Johnson
Novelist and former-MEP

Presentation title

New Zealand has it all!

Stanley Johnson, the novelist and former-MEP, shares his favourite holiday experiences in New Zealand from treasured wildlife encounters to delightful wine tours and a visit to magnificent Fjordland. With its combination of wildlife, rugged mountain scenery, superb wineries, beaches and unique culture, Stanley makes the case for visiting this beautiful destination and explains why the country is simply irresistible to him.

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Sun 03 Feb 10:30 to 11:15

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Speakers:

Johnny Bealby
Wild Frontiers CEO & Founder

Presentation title

Pakistan – Reaching New Heights

Having first stepped foot into Pakistan and the remote Kalash Valleys – home to the last of the pagan tribes to inhabit the Hindu Kush – more than 20 years ago and returning almost every year since, travel writer and founder of adventure travel company Wild Frontiers, Jonny Bealby, firmly believes it is still one of the most exciting destinations out there.

Having marked its 70th anniversary in 2017 and curiosity in this fascinating country ever increasing, Pakistan is re-emerging as a dream adventure travel destination.

With a history dating back to the Indus civilisation of the fourth millennia BC, a hugely hospitable population,  fast-improving infrastructure and the most impressive mountain landscapes anywhere on earth, it is a country that is sure to impress even the most experienced traveller.

Join Jonny to delve behind the misconceptions of this wonderful country.

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Sun 03 Feb 11:30 to 12:15

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Speakers:

Beat Germann
General Manager, Sales and Marketing

Presentation title

Eco luxury travel experiences across South India

For a long time, eco sensitivity and luxury were opposites. We have created a tour that combines modern comforts and lived community and eco sensitivity with an enhanced and amazing experience factor. Hands on experiences and being part of culture and community. This tour brings you closer to culture, experiences and introduces you to some of the finest Eco Resorts in South India, where eco sensitivity is lived and practised since almost 3 decades. 

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Sun 03 Feb 12:30 to 13:15

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Speakers:

Heather Green
Regional Destination Manager, Italy
Gennaro Contaldo
Chef and Citalia Brand Ambassador

Presentation title

Spot light on the Amalfi Coast and interview with chef Gennaro Contaldo.

The Amalfi Coast is often considered Italy’s most beautiful stretch of coastline, and it’s easy to see why. The soaring mountain peaks are a dramatic backdrop to a coast that's dotted with colourful towns and sandy coves. Hear all about the laid-back but glamorous lifestyle from our expert Heather Green, who will talk through top tips on the best ways to explore this stunning part of the world.

 

Followed by an interview with renowned Italian chef and Amalfi Coast native, Gennaro Contaldo, where you can hear his top recommendations when visiting the Amalfi Coast, along with the opportunity to ask him questions. Having grown up in the picturesque fishing village of Minori, Gennaro will share his passion for his home region, including his favourite must-do highlights, the hidden gems to explore off the beaten path and, of course, where to try the best local specialties and mouth-watering dishes.

 

 

 

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Sun 03 Feb 13:30 to 14:15

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Speakers:

Javier Solis
Expedition Leader

Presentation title

A Penguin Paradise – The History of Isla Magdalena.

 

An overview of this beautiful island, its history, the amazing and ever growing colony of Magellanic Penguins and the tour that can be done exclusively on board of Australis.

 

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Sun 03 Feb 14:30 to 15:15

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Speakers:

Jessica Jackson
Regional Destination Manager

Presentation title

USA self drives

Hayes & Jarvis specialises in creating tailor made, bespoke itineraries, and for the USA, hitting the open road on a self-drive holiday is the best way to see and explore all the incredible sights of this magnificent country – whether by motorhome, car or even on a Harley Davidson.

 

From iconic Route 66 to Pacific Coast Highway, we’ll explain why the USA is such a perfect self-drive destination and just how simple it is to navigate the roads and highways as you follow your own path (along with our expert recommendations).

We’ll also discuss about our favourite self-drive destinations such as New England, Deep South and USA’s National Parks as well as new, upcoming destinations that will be hot for 2019.

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Sun 03 Feb 15:30 to 16:15

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Speakers:

Simon Clifford
Europe Product Manager

Presentation title

Classic Russia and beyond

Simon will cover the highlights of Russia’s two greatest cities, with insider tips on the best places to go and things to do. This will include Moscow; the epicentre of modern Russia, and St Petersburg; renowned for its magnificent palaces, world class museums, elegant canals and grand architecture. Going beyond this, Simon will also talk about The Golden Ring; a string of ancient settlements to the north-east of Moscow comprised of onion-domed churches, medieval monasteries, traditional crafts and beautifully unspoilt countryside. Finally, Simon will inspire listeners with an experts knowledge of the Trans-Siberian Railway, including the Tsar’s Gold which is often viewed as the ultimate rail journey. This will also cover Kazan and its Unesco-protected Kremlin as well as Volgograd.

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Experience The World

Thu 31 Jan 12:15 to 12:45

Presentation title

The Art of Kimono – Bristol Japan Cultural Society, in partnership with InsideJapan Tours

On behalf of the Japan travel experts, InsideJapan Tours, Shihomi, Michiyo and Tomoe from the Bristol Japan Cultural Society demonstrate the fine art of dressing in exquisite Japanese kimono and explain the history and purpose of different kinds of kimono and obi belt.

Performance by Shihomi Jones, Michiyo Leather, Tomoe Higashi

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Thu 31 Jan 14:15 to 14:45

Presentation title

Makulay na Filipinas (Colourful Philippines)

Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company- Founded in 1994

 

In 2014 LK proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary since its humble beginnings as an informal community group led by choreographer Ronnie del Barrio, who had been commission by the Philippine Centre to create a cultural performance for their annual event. Together with members of the Filipino Women’s Assocition UK and other individuals Ronnie founded the dance company in 1994, which has since progressed and developed as a respected and admired dance company.

 

LK has gained an international reputation as Europe’s foremost Filipino folk and cultural dance company and as goodwill ambassadors for the Philippines in promoting Philippine cultural heritage. LK have had invitations to perform across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe — Amsterdam, Berlin, Bayreuth, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmö, Stockholm, Vienna.

 

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Thu 31 Jan 15:15 to 15:45

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Salsa & Samba Demonstration and Workshop

Combining high energy and passion, join us on our journey from Havana to Rio. After a sensation samba, we will invite you all to salsa with us with a short masterclass before burning the floor with a final salsa.

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Fri 01 Feb 12:15 to 12:45

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Noble Caledonia present a Pop-Up Opera with London Festival Opera

This Pop-Up Opera, with music from composers such as Mozart, Gershwin and Puccini, will give you a taste of what you can experience on one of Noble Caledonia’s popular music themed tours or cruises. London Festival Opera has performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. Engagements have included a private performance in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, charity performances for the Presidents of France and Malta, for the Prime Minster at 10 Downing Street, the Ambassador at the British Embassy in Paris, and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice during the Carnival Celebrations. You can enjoy performances by London Festival Opera during Noble Caledonia tours in Russia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Malta and the United Kingdom.

 

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Fri 01 Feb 13:15 to 13:45

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The Art of Kimono – Bristol Japan Cultural Society, in partnership with InsideJapan Tours

On behalf of the Japan travel experts, InsideJapan Tours, Shihomi, Michiyo and Tomoe from the Bristol Japan Cultural Society demonstrate the fine art of dressing in exquisite Japanese kimono and explain the history and purpose of different kinds of kimono and obi belt.

Performance by Shihomi Jones, Michiyo Leather, Tomoe Higashi

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Fri 01 Feb 14:15 to 14:45

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Makulay na Filipinas (Colourful Philippines)

Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company

Founded in 1994

 

In 2014 LK proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary since its humble beginnings as an informal community group led by choreographer Ronnie del Barrio, who had been commission by the Philippine Centre to create a cultural performance for their annual event. Together with members of the Filipino Women’s Assocition UK and other individuals Ronnie founded the dance company in 1994, which has since progressed and developed as a respected and admired dance company.

 

LK has gained an international reputation as Europe’s foremost Filipino folk and cultural dance company and as goodwill ambassadors for the Philippines in promoting Philippine cultural heritage. LK have had invitations to perform across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe — Amsterdam, Berlin, Bayreuth, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmö, Stockholm, Vienna.

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Sat 02 Feb 11:15 to 11:45

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Dominican Merengue and Bachata - Demonstration and workshop

Transport yourself to the Dominican Republic, the birthplace of the contagious rhythms of Merengue and Bachata, by watching a couple perform a traditional Merengue and an engaging Bachata, followed by a fun class in which you will learn the basic steps and turns of both rhythms and will be able to dance a whole song which will give you the vibe of the country and will convince you travel to the Dominican Republic for your next holidays!

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Sat 02 Feb 12:15 to 12:45

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London Okinawa Sanshinkai: Okinawan folk and classical music

We will perform Okinawan folk and classical music with traditional dance using the sanshin and taiko (stick and drum), samba (like a castanet) and other instruments.

The sanshin is the most prominent musical instrument in the musical traditions of the Ryukyu Islands (Old Okinawa). The three-stringed lute is used in classical, folk, and popular music. The sanshin has been popular not only in mainland Japan but worldwide and the success of musicians from Okinawa has received much attention in recent decades.

London Okinawa Sanshinkai was established in 1999 and our mission is to introduce Okinawan culture further in the UK and enrich the existing relationship between Okinawa and the UK which has been established through Japan (including Okinawa) related events.

 

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Sat 02 Feb 13:15 to 13:45

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Imbube UK Drummers & Dancers

The Imbube drummers and dancers are a unique organisation formed of the most talented and professional African artists and musicians based in the UK. Their main aim is to promote South African heritage and culture to all ages, and host or support a variety of activities and events that connect people to the unique culture. The group provide South African language classes, workshops in schools and educational institutions, music and dance, bead making, traditional clothing and storytelling. The group has a full membered choir of 20 singers which has toured and performed all over the UK and abroad, singing in different African languages, and offering a cappella, classical and traditional gospel songs with a seven-piece band  - as well as energetic Zulu dancing and drumming that brings excitement and tells a story.

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Sat 02 Feb 14:15 to 14:45

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Makulay na Filipinas (Colourful Philippines)

Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company

Founded in 1994

 

In 2014 LK proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary since its humble beginnings as an informal community group led by choreographer Ronnie del Barrio, who had been commission by the Philippine Centre to create a cultural performance for their annual event. Together with members of the Filipino Women’s Assocition UK and other individuals Ronnie founded the dance company in 1994, which has since progressed and developed as a respected and admired dance company.

 

LK has gained an international reputation as Europe’s foremost Filipino folk and cultural dance company and as goodwill ambassadors for the Philippines in promoting Philippine cultural heritage. LK have had invitations to perform across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe — Amsterdam, Berlin, Bayreuth, Copenhagen, Dublin, Malmö, Stockholm, Vienna.

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Sat 02 Feb 15:15 to 15:45

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Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu

Goju Ryu literally means “Hard and Soft style”, which relates to the type of techniques used in Goju Ryu. “Go” being hard, for strong closed hand or straight techniques; “Ju” being soft, for open hand and circular movements. The demonstration will highlight basic blocks and strikes “Kihon”, traditional partner work, and supplementary training “Hojo Undo”.

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Sun 03 Feb 11:15 to 11:45

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Dominican Merengue and Bachata - Demonstration and workshop

Transport yourself to the Dominican Republic, the birthplace of the contagious rhythms of Merengue and Bachata, by watching a couple perform a traditional Merengue and an engaging Bachata, followed by a fun class in which you will learn the basic steps and turns of both rhythms and will be able to dance a whole song which will give you the vibe of the country and will convince you travel to the Dominican Republic for your next holidays!

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Sun 03 Feb 12:15 to 12:45

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London Okinawa Sanshinkai: Okinawan folk and classical music

We will perform Okinawan folk and classical music with traditional dance using the sanshin and taiko (stick and drum), samba (like a castanet) and other instruments.

The sanshin is the most prominent musical instrument in the musical traditions of the Ryukyu Islands (Old Okinawa). The three-stringed lute is used in classical, folk, and popular music. The sanshin has been popular not only in mainland Japan but worldwide and the success of musicians from Okinawa has received much attention in recent decades.

London Okinawa Sanshinkai was established in 1999 and our mission is to introduce Okinawan culture further in the UK and enrich the existing relationship between Okinawa and the UK which has been established through Japan (including Okinawa) related events.

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Sun 03 Feb 15:15 to 15:45

Presentation title

Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu

Goju Ryu literally means “Hard and Soft style”, which relates to the type of techniques used in Goju Ryu. “Go” being hard, for strong closed hand or straight techniques; “Ju” being soft, for open hand and circular movements. The demonstration will highlight basic blocks and strikes “Kihon”, traditional partner work, and supplementary training “Hojo Undo”.

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Sun 03 Feb 15:15 to 15:45

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Traditional Cossack Dancing

The Cossacks are a well known Cossack dancing act, who have performed too many people over the years. Spanning from Opera Houses to live TV shows. With their high kicking and energetic routines they always leave the audience wanting more!

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