How can cities rich in culture host mega-events without putting their own heritage at risk? How can mega-events become effective ways to promote and protect tangible and intangible heritage in Europe and beyond? Between 2018 and 2021, the HOMEE research project investigated these issues by bringing together leading research centers, in close contact with key institutions and policy officers involved in heritage preservation and in planning and implementing mega-events in Europe. The research culminated in the Charter for Mega-events in Heritage-rich Cities to help decision-makers and heritage actors face these emerging challenges. The HOMEE research project and the Charter have been endorsed from local to international levels, receiving a European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2022 for research. On the occasion of the Award Ceremony, the “Mega-events in Heritage-rich Cities” seminar discussed these questions and their practical implications.

The seminar was supported by Europa Nostra and the EU Commission, under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Culture.


Laura Ambrosino (European Commission), Stefano Baia Curioni (Bocconi University), Massimo Bricocoli (Politecnico di Milano), Mariachiara Esposito (European Commission), Maciej Hofman (Europa Nostra), Zachary Jones (Politecnico di Milano), Pascal Lievaux (JPI Cultural Heritage), Cristina Loglio, Chryssa Martini (Eleusis 2023 European Capital of Culture), Iacopo Mazzetti (Milano-Cortina 2026 Foundation), Davide Ponzini (Politecnico di Milano), Joanna Sanetra-Szeliga (Cracow University of Economics). For more information, please find the seminar programme here.

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