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About the project
The challenge

Cities have long used mega-events to support their investment plans, develop tourism or improve their competitiveness. Such strategies focused primarily on creating new infrastructure for sports or culture where events could take place. However more recently, organisers of mega-events tend towards using already existing venues and spaces, revitalising them or adopting them for new purposes.

For historic heritage-rich cities this change (that in the West is triggered both by cuts in city budgets as well as by a slower pace of urban expansion) represents an opportunity for development but also poses a threat to their cultural heritage. The HOMEE research project aims to better understand the relationship between mega-events and cultural heritage protection policy, as well as the impact of mega-events on heritage-rich cities in Europe.


The approach

The HOMEE project brought together leading research centres working in the fields of cultural heritage preservation and mega-event planning, in close contact with key institutions and policy officers who have already had or will have direct responsibility for planning and implementing mega-events in Europe. 

The project achieved its research objectives  through a broad literature review and analyses of case studies: Genoa (2004 ECoC), Milan (EXPO 2015), Wrocław (2016 ECoC), Hull (UK City of Culture 2017), Pafos (2017 ECoC) and Matera-Basilicata (2019 ECoC).




Associate partners

University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNeECC), European Network on Cultural Management and Policy (ENCATC), Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBAC), Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), National Heritage Board of Poland, Kaunas 2022 European Capital of Culture, Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation, University of Basilicata, Pafos District, Pafos 2017, Culture Zone Wrocław, City of Milan, Krakow Festival Office, Robert Palmer Consultants, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Cracow University of Economics.


Project duration

1 October 2018 – 30 September 2021

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage under the JPICH Heritage in Changing Environments program - support for scientific research on heritage cultural as part of the Joint Programming Initiative on Cultural Heritage (JPICH).




Key events

Prof. Davide Ponzini (project coordinator) davide.ponzini [at] polimi.it

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First year of the project - most important activities and results


Second year of the project - most important activities and results


Third and last year of the project - most important activities and results
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