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Photo credit: Petra Cvelbar

Women play a fundamental role in the meetings industry. Indeed, the majority of those working in the industry, are women. On May 14 2018, immediately prior to the IMEX in Frankfurt trade show, for example, the half-day “She Means Business” conference celebrated the role of women in the meetings industry.

Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana (CD) that offers its halls for events, has been since late June 2018 hosting not a MICE event, but an art exhibition also connected to women. In fact, the exhibition is dedicated to women in jazz.

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Photo credit: Cankarjev dom / Nada Žgank

Slovenian female photographer Petra Cvelbar has always been drawn to music. She finds music a remedy and invigorating boost of energy, says her website. The photos she takes during the concerts are her way of sharing the beauties of the world, which is so nice to rediscover and abandon yourself to.

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Photo credit: Petra Cvelbar

Her solo exhibition on display in the CD’s Small Gallery (Mala galerija) since the 27th of June is named In Women’s Hands and is an exhibition that accompanied the 59th Jazz Festival Ljubljana. For almost 60 years, the Slovenia’s capital has played host to the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe. This year’s 59th edition, organised by- and located at Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre (CD), was held between the 27th and 30th of June.

Cankarjev dom notes that the exhibition “does not deal directly with the situation of women in the (music) world but aims to show that female presence (artists) represents a different approach to music delivery. Women’s hands were holding the camera and capturing the moments when women’s hands were making music with their instruments or voice. Gentleness has entered a traditionally male genre, but one not necessarily associated with tenderness.”

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Photo credit: Petra Cvelbar

The exhibition is open until the 26th of August and should be seen by every woman and man on a MICE trip to Ljubljana.