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

Experience The World

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!

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.


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.

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.

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”.