Cultural heritage and mega-events - a new publication within the HOMEE project

Each city tries to support its development in different ways. One of them is the strategy of organizing large events called mega-events that attract visitors, stimulate the economy, and promote the city. How do these events affect historical cities and their heritage? What are the opportunities and threats? Among others, the international research project HOMEE, in which the ICC is involved, tries to answer these questions. The effect of the first phase of the project is an English-language publication entitled Mega-Events and Heritage -The experience of five European cities.

A free publishing house explores the relationship between planning and implementing mega-events and cultural heritage. It includes in-depth studies of five cases: Genoa European Capital of Culture 2004, Milan Expo 2015, Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016, Hull City of Culture United Kingdom 2017 and Paphos European Capital of Culture 2017.

The purpose of this international research initiative is to launch a public debate and inspire further research on the negative and positive potential and impact of major events on historical cities. In the next phase of the project, sets of recommendations will be published on how to organize mega-events in the most effective way, not only to support the development of the city, but also to protect and use the potential of its heritage.

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