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Associazione Giochi Antichi

Founded by a group of passionate players from Verona, it researches, studies and supports the traditional game in Italy and around the world as an expression of the intangible heritage to be safeguarded, as recognized by UNESCO in 2003. It is part of the Association Européenne des Jeux et Sports Traditionnels (AEJeST). AGA develops projects and actions for the protection, valorization and diffusion of the traditional game and its local communities, also creating training courses for schools and the University of Verona and organizing cultural initiatives, including the Tocatì festival, the main action of the program permanent “Tocatì. A Shared Heritage” recognized as UNESCO Good Practice in December 2022. In 2007, AGA opened Casa Colombare, the first Documentation Center on Traditional Gaming, which became part of the Urban Library system of the Municipality of Verona. In 2008 he drew up the first Manifesto in Italy which defines and enhances traditional gaming communities. She is active in the promotion of environmental and architectural heritage, as well as Intangible Cultural Heritage and was appointed in 2015 as the official delegate of AEJeST, an NGO accredited since 2010, at the UNESCO offices relating to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Tocatì 21ª Edizione

The twenty-first edition of Tocatì, the International Street Games Festival, organized by the Ancient Games Association (AGA) in collaboration with the Municipality of Verona, will be held in Verona from 14 to 17 September 2023.
Playful communities of players of all ages return to Verona for the occasion to celebrate the UNESCO recognition of Tocatì. They are witnesses of a timeless heritage, made up of sociality and culture, handed down from generation to generation. They are the living expression of continually evolving contemporary practices, with an identity that becomes fluid and changes to respond to the complexity in which we live.