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Tocatì supports the traditional games and sports communities and its players well beyond the days of the festival by proposing itself as a permanent programme of activities for the Safeguard of traditional games and sports in collaboration with the Service II, UNESCO General Secretariat Office of the MiC (Ministry of Culture) for Italy and the Institutions of the international partnership, which includes Belgium – Department of Culture, Youth and Media, France – Ministère de la Culture – Direction Générale, Croatia – Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, and Cyprus – Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth.

The Tocatì Festival is the main action of this programme: with its 20th edition, the event has currently become an international point of reference for institutions, NGOs and traditional games and sports communities.

Associazione Giochi Antichi
Leader of the Tocatì Programme

Associazione Giochi Antichi (AGA) was founded in 2002 with the aim to promote the preservation of the practices of Traditional Games and Sports Traditional Games and Sports and to enhance the communities that practise them.
AGA researches, studies and supports traditional games in and international territory and is part of European and European and international organisations such as AEJeST (Association Européenne des Jeux et Sports Traditionnels) and ITSGA (International Traditional Sports and Games Association).

The UNESCO nomination

Tocatì - Shared Programme for the Safeguarding of Traditional Games and Sports has been officially registered in the Register of Good Practices for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (UNESCO) since 1 December 2022. This is a multinational candidacy, promoted by numerous traditional gaming communities and by the Ministries of Culture of Belgium, Cyprus, Croatia and France, of which Italy is the leader. The complete dossier can be consulted online:
UNESCO - Intangible Cultural Heritage

National network

In Italia, dal 2017 sono state raccolte dichiarazioni di consenso da parte delle comunità e lettere di sostegno da parte di ONG e istituzioni. Tutte le comunità della rete italiana di Tocatì hanno partecipato attivamente e sono state coinvolte nel processo di candidatura multinazionale e nella preparazione dal 2016. Le dichiarazioni di consenso sono state scritte da CGI, gruppi di operatori del TGS coinvolti nella rete Tocatì, protagonisti con AGA del processo di candidatura e impegnati nella diffusione di buone pratiche di salvaguardia.
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