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Set at the Western side of Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana, Council of Europe Park, at the entrance to the Grand Reception Hall, is adorned by shady canopies of mighty trees of which a good half counts more than 230 years. Conventa Crossover’s visitors will, thus, this year be able to enjoy all the benefits that attending a conference in the heart of a European capital can provide along with taking breaks at the marvelously green and rereshing Council of Europe Park. They will have a break over a drink or coffee in the Cankarjev dom’s café or in looking at squirrels running and playing in the treetops.

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Photo credit: Branko Cvetkovič, Cankarjev dom

This year too, as you probably already know, Conventa Crossover is coming back to Ljubljana. This time, however, in a hybrid form. Some of the happening will happen online. Other events will be held live, with actual people (such a rare and sweet treat these days, isn’t it?) in the most important Slovenian congress centre – Cankarjev dom CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana. From Thursday, 27 August to Friday, 28 August 2020. It is still possible to register here.

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Photo credit: Branko Cvetkovič, Cankarjev dom - CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana

Cankarjev dom boasts a prestigious location in the heart of Ljubljana, what makes for a logistically perfect spot for Crossover as the location provides a quick and easy access to the main Ljubljana’s sightseeings as well to some of the most important buildings in town. For example, there are Slovenian parliament, government, president’s palace, a pleiade of embassies and the main police station, all set in Cankarjev dom’s surroundings. Cankarjev dom truly is a jewl.

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Photo credit: Kristina Bursać, Cankarjev dom - CD Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana

Both, the already mentioned venues, the tranquil Council of Europe Park and the beautiful Grand Reception Hall will act as the main venues for the Thursday’s events at the Conventa Crossover. The crossover talks from Stephanie Dubois (SAPPHIRE NOW) and Colja Dams (VOK DAMS) will take place there and online on Thursday at 9.10. At 10, Boris Kovaček (Pepermint) will held an Ignite Session, and will be followed by a panel discussion on the future of live events with Juraj Holub (Slido), Matej Rus (Venture Factory, PODIM), Ivo J. Franschitz (ENITED), Janez Kopač Lebar (MPG Plus Slovenia), and Pedja Marković (M2Communication). Barbana Neuhofer (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences) and Mladen Ljubišić (TRASOL Create Travel Solutions) will talk about experience design and VR.

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At 12.00 the first ever FACE2FACE with regional meetings industry experts from associations and agencies. At 14.10h three Crossover talks by Jens Oliver Mayer (Jack Morton Worldwide), Zsofia Dobos (Bo Live), and Martin Rauam will take place. And two more talks will be held at 16.00, this time by Matthias Schulze (German CVB) and Ivo J. Franschitz (ENITED). Forty-five minutes later, a panel discussion on restart of destination marketing with Gernot Marx (Salzburg CVB), Romana Vlašič (Dubrovnik Tourist Board), Teodora Jilkova (Veritas Real Solutions), Miha Kovačič (Slovenian CVB), and Petra Stušek (Ljubljana Tourism) will fire up an engaging discussion on drasting changes caused by the pandemic.

At 17.25 a Crossover out of the box will be held with Rok Golob (composer and producer), while at 17.40 Žiga Novak (Walnut Grove Group) will enable interactive content bars in a secret garden. Thursday will finish with networking and fun at the CD Zen Garden. Of course, all of the events at the Cankarjev dom – CD Cultural and Congress Centre in scope of Conventa Crossover will be held in accordance with the measures enforced by public health institutions. Cankarjev dom also aids in meeting the safety criteria so that for everyone participating it is easy to maintain physical distance for a maximum of 100 live attendees in one event at once (when indoor).