Oceans of navigating explorers, fishermen lakes, streams that feed mills, rivers that transport people, rain that irrigates fields. In one word: water.

All great civilizations rose on water, a necessary element for life. The sea can unite or divide peoples, a river can facilitate exchange: any place where two cultures meet, or clash, they generate something new. And so even games become a vehicle of ancient traditions and to trace the maps of their journeys means to draw the most light-hearted and authentic past of human societies.

Even Verona has its own aquatic origin: the bend of the river Adige holds the millenary stratification that earned the city the recognition of the UNESCO World Heritage. Here, after over a year of pandemic, the 19th edition of Tocatì returns for people to leave their houses and join in the squares to play together.

If last year’s edition was an all-Italian one, the 2021 Festival welcomes international guests once again. Not just one as is tradition, but four, united by the common denominator of water: France, Belgium, Croatia and Cyprus, the Countries that supported Tocatì’s nomination to the UNESCO Register of Good Practices for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

With a system mixed between live and in-streaming activities, during the Festival these territories will lead us in the discovery of their traditional games and sports with strong ties to water, often surprising, sometimes truly spectacular.

Plato said that you can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation: how much can we find out about a whole community in three days of Tocatì?

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