European Heritage Award for ICC

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This year's winners of the prestigious European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award in the Research category include the Heritage Opportunities / threats within Mega-Events in Europe (HOMEE) project co-created by the International Cultural Center in Krakow. Implemented jointly with Politecnico di Milano (Italy), the University of Hull (Great Britain) and Neapolis University Paphos (Cyprus) and a number of associated partners (including the University of Economics in Krakow, the National Heritage Institute, the Krakow Festival Office and the Wroclaw Culture Zone) the project studied the relationship between organizing large events, such as the European Capitals of Culture or World EXPO Exhibitions, and the use and protection of cultural heritage.

The research part of the project ended with the creation of a broad and the first in this subject literature review, publications on case studies (in Poland it was the European Capital of Culture Wrocław 2016), a report on the implementation of the European Capital of Culture 2019 in Italian Matera and a report on the situation of events during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the implementation phase of the project, the Charter for Mega-events in Heritage-rich Cities was prepared. It includes a set of recommendations for decision-makers and organizers of events related to the implementation of large events, where the socio-economic potential of heritage is used and protected at the same time.

The Charter is based on research carried out as part of the project and the process of validating the recommendations by experts from the heritage sector, event organizers and decision makers. The Charter has been endorsed by a number of important entities representing, inter alia, cities, non-governmental and expert organizations in the field of heritage, culture and education.

The Awards Jury has appreciated the resulting “quality framework to help strike the balance when organising mega-events in heritage cities” and the fact that, “the project promotes dialogue and innovation in the sphere of European cultural heritage in relation to urban planning, involving academia, cultural actors, local leaders, private enterprises and communities for the resolution of emerging challenges in rapidly changing contexts, with a view on the post-pandemic era”.

The award ceremony will take place on September 26 in Prague, during the European Summit of Cultural Heritage 2022, under the Czech Presidency in the Council of the EU.


More about the project

Mega-Events Charter in Heritage Cities

Press release from Europa Nostra, the organizer of the Awards

More about the Awards


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