From the 13th to the 16th September 2018 Verona will hold the XVI edition of Tocatì, International Street Games Festival, organized by Associazione Giochi Antichi in collaboration with the Municipality of Verona, with the support of the Veneto Region and of the City of Verona and with the patronage of UNESCO, AEJeST, MIBAC and ICDE – Central Institute for Demo-Ethno-Anthropology.

This year’s guest will be La France du Midi – Southern France, represented by groups coming from Occitania, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Nouvelle Aquitaine with the Basque Country. The game communities from these regions will be the main characters, and they’ll bring Tambourin, several varieties of Quilles, Pétanque and other games from the rural areas of the Basque Country (Le Bûcheron, Le lever d’enclume, Le ramassage des épis de mais, Le lever de pierre, Le lever de charrette, Le lever de paille, Le jeter de paille, La course de bidons de lait, Le cours de sac and Les scieurs de bois).

In a wide and suggestive city area you’ll get to “travel” and discover cultural traditions, while meeting people and customs that bring to the present day ancient social practices, rituals and festive events (expression categories recognized by Unesco as part of the Intangible Heritage – Convention of Paris of 2003).

Groups of players ready to tell you about their Territory’s customs and history and to share the pleasure of playing, will present in the historical centre’s streets around 30 traditional games and sports from Southern France and from several Italian regions. Among the games available in both varieties (Italian and French), you’ll find Tamburello and Pétanque as well as several skittles games. One of the peculiarities of the French games present at the Festival is that they’re still widely known and practiced on a national level, while the games from the Basque Country draw from rural tradition.

The games from Italian tradition are Fionde (“Slingshots” from Friuli Venezia Giulia), Corsa con la Cannata (Lazio) and others from the regions Veneto, Piedmont, Emilia Romagna, Liguria and Campania.

The category of urban games, as usual very rich and attentive to contemporaneity, includes activities like Kendama, Parkour, Ultimate Frisbee and Skateboard.

On the stage at Piazza dei Signori the colourful groups who represent traditional music, dances and ritual expressions of Southern France will take turns to involve and fascinate those attending, while on stage at Lungadige San Giorgio Italian music bands will take turns playing our tradition’s melodies.

The Festival will begin the morning of the 13th September with an event of great significance: the European seminar on participative inventories of Traditional Games and Sports – framed by the process of Tocatì’s nomination to UNESCO.

Several people from the cultural environment will contribute to the talk on ludic themes, with conventions and public meetings. Anaïs Vaugelade, French writer and illustrator, will be one of the speakers: “A stone soup”, her masterpiece, revisited and narrated by Mauro Covacich, will be at the centre of a reflection/conversation between Covacich and the author herself.

Peppe dell’Acqua, psychiatrist who collaborated with psychiatrists Franco Basaglia and Mirella Ruggeri, will hold the event “Divertirsi da matti”, a special homage paid to Franco Basaglia, one of the most important representatives of Italian psychiatry in the 1900s.

A great procession along the Festival’s roads will precede the event, opened by Marco Cavallo, the huge sculpture on wheels created in 1973 in the “asylum” of Trieste as a symbol of freedom.

Among the meetings we’d like to recommend also “Gioco e conoscenza: il piacere dell’apprendere” (lit. “Games and knowledge: the pleasure of learning”) with Andrea Lupi, president of “Montessori Foundation Italy” and Berta Martini, teacher at the University of Urbino, expert in Pedagogia dei Saperi. The meeting will introduce the opening of an exhibition/workshop that will propose the use of Montessorian materials on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, curated by “Craftabile”, a company of young architects that studies and creates Montessori Kits.

Another noteworthy participant from the field of pedagogy is Daniela Lucangeli, ordinary Professor of Developmental Psychology, who will hold a meeting on games as a strategy to enhance cognitive development.

The International Forum of ludic culture has been confirmed once again as an important place for meetings and exchange and will host debates and conferences on ludic themes; among the privileged speakers will be researchers and representatives of Institutions and research centres, from the associative world and from cultural communities both Italian and from abroad. The Forum will offer several chances to deepen on ludic subjects: from the exhibition and sale of books on ludic themes, to the presence of games’ associations, of European ludic culture centres and of Italian ethnographic museums in possession of collections concerning games (thanks to the collaboration with SIMBDEA – Italian Society for Museography and Demo-Ethno-Anthropologic Goods). Furthermore the Museum of civilizations will be present at the Forum; instituted in 2016, it will present La Pupazza di Roviano, a big puppet doll made by hand with papier-mâché on a frame of reeds, iron or other materials, main character of some rituals and festivities in central Italy, where participants make it dance and usually burn it, at the end.

A part of the Festival will be dedicated to cinema and theatre: performances and projections will narrate the world of games and folk culture. During the evenings of the 14th and 15th of September the 5th edition of “La Pellicola che ti Tocca”, curated by Bridge Film Festival, will be held at Cortile Mercato Vecchio, while in the area of Porto della Giarina you’ll see the performance Viaggio al Centro della Terra (“Journey to the center of the Earth”) curated by Bam! Bam! Teatro.

The areas for children, curated by associations and institutions that have to do with games professionally (toy libraries, ludic entertainers, educational experts and museum didactics experts, etc.) will offer our youngest guests an unforgettable welcome; this year the collaboration with UNICEF Italia is strengthened, as it prepared one of the nurseries. A ludic reading area for children curated by Nati per leggere – Verona (lit. “Born to read”), will be arranged at the Ludic Dairy, where children will get to snack on products from Lessinia’s mountain huts. At Lungadige San Giorgio, in the area of the Festival’s Kitchens you’ll get to taste wines and specialties from Verona, while at Osteria del gioco you’ll find wines from the area and “from farm to fork” menus thanks to the collaboration with small local producers and with Coldiretti.

The XVI edition of Tocatì, moreover, has received the European Year of Cultural Heritage patronage, officially opened on the occasion of the European Forum of Culture of 2017 in Milan. The Festival was chosen for its “passion for traditional games, respect for cultural diversity and intangible heritage and will to encourage intercultural dialog, social inclusion and sustainability in the urban and rural environments.”

Another journey that carries on is Tocatì’s UNESCO ICH nomination to the Register of Best Safeguarding Practices for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, promoted by Associazione Giochi Antichi with the European partnerships of AEJEST, Simbdea and UNPLI: two UNESCO accredited NGOs. In this project of AGA’s nomination, with the support of Regione del Veneto and of the cultural department of the Municipality of Verona, Tocatì promoted its formation programme: a shared heritage that is building the foundation of an Italian Network for the safeguarding of traditional ludic heritages, in collaboration with ICDE – Central Institute for the Demo-Ethno-Anthropology and MIBAC.

Lastly, Tocatì’s commitment concerning the ISO20121 certification carries on for economic, social and environmental sustainability – achieved by the Festival in 2015 and confirmed by the following two editions.

We’d like to remind our guests:

  • Games will be played every day for six hours as a show for the public. Those who wish to participate and learn the ancient ludic gestures will be welcomed by players ready to pass on their knowledge with passion;
  • Several convivial moments will be added to the performances, with concerts along the streets and aperitifs in pubs;
  • A special boat service instituted by the Festival will allow to visit Verona by navigating the river Adige;
  • In case of rain the Festival will be held regularly, although partly indoors;
  • Tickets: the Festival is free;
  • There will be a particular reception for people with disabilities to guarantee their access to some of the games.

Information about the Festival:

  • It started in 2003 and had an immediate success. Since 2006 every year has been dedicated to a different Country represented by games, music, characteristic dances and gastronomic specialties (2006 Spain, 2007 Croatia, 2008 Scotland, 2009 Greece, 2010 Switzerland, 2011 several Countries from around the world on the occasion of the global congress of game experts ITSGA – International Traditional Sports and Games Association, 2012 all the previous Country Guests sent a representative team to celebrate Tocatì’s 10th anniversary, 2013 Hungary, 2014 Mexico, 2015 Catalunya, 2016 People’s Republic of China, 2017 several Countries tied to the theme of wrestling).
  • The festival has always been attentive to sustainability and the environment and only uses energy from renewable resources. In 2015 it achieved the ISO 20121 international certification as a sustainable event.


Tocatì is organized by Associazione Giochi Antichi (AGA), in collaboration with the Municipality of Verona.

The European Association for Traditional Sports and Games (AEJEST) is one of the Festival’s partners, and has the patronage of MIBAC, Unicef, Italian Touring Club, Regione Veneto, University of Verona, UNESCO, Chamber of Commerce and ULSS9.

Among its supporters: Banco BPM, Cattolica Assicurazioni, Fondazione Cariverona, Fondazione Cattolica, Veronafiere, AGSM, AMIA, A4HOLDING, AMT, ATV, ACQUE VERONESI, HAPE, LEGNOLAND


For more information:

Festival and Associazione Giochi Antichi Information Office

cell. 342 7842761

Tocatì and Associazione Giochi Antichi Communications Office

cell. 344 0472139

The Festival’s Press Office

Spaini & Partner

T. 05035639

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