Il Festival Incontra il Mondo Ludico, Racconti, filmati e oggetti di gioco


Sat. and Sun. from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 18.30


In the Festival’s Auditorium ludic communities, institutional realities and high-profile personalitites will talk about the different subjects on games that arrive from Italy, Europe and the world. The Auditorium is offered to the Festival’s guests by Associazione Giochi Antichi (lit. “Ancient Games’ Association”), and it welcomes experts and enthusiasts united by the will to spread the ludic culture and valorize traditional games, in a journey made of testimonies, narrations, films and ludic material, which cross over geographic borders.

Saturday 15

10.00 am – 1.00 pm: Presentation of the European Project „BRIDGE – Promotion of Traditional Sports and Games, BRIDGE for an intercultural dialogue“

with Prof. Pere Lavega, President of AJEST, Moderator: Prof. Lucia Allari, Liceo “Calabrese-Levi ” of San Pietro In Cariano, With the participation of: The main characters, students, professors, researchers, and representatives of Festival Tocatì and AEJeST involved in Project Bridge

The project, promoted by European association Aejst (European Traditional Sports and Games Association), promotes European traditional sports and games (ETSG) as a BRIDGE to foster peaceful intercultural coexistence. The specific goals are: the development of a model, through traditional games and sports, for better practices to educate at intercultural coexistence; the creation of a model for the organizations of traditional games and sports where youths, adults and elderly may peacefully share an intercultural dialogue; the founding of a sustainable transnational network to promote traditional sports and games, aspiring to exchange better practices and experiences; the demonstration, through scientific evidence, of the contribution (social impact) of traditional games and sports for the promotion of intercultural dialogue. The final part of the project entails, in collaboration with Associazione Giochi Antichi (lit. “Ancient Games Association”), several activities within the sixteenth edition of Tocatì.

The project involved several Universities and Educational Institutes and the Schools of several European Countries: the Institut Nacional d’Educació Física de Catalunya (Spain), Università degli studi di Bologna (Italy), Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), Universidad de Murcia (Spain), Université Paris Descartes (France) and finally Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea en Vitoria (Basque Country).

But the true main characters are the students of the schools involved: Collège-Lycèe Public Jules Verne di Nantes (France), Istituto tecnico L. Calabrese – P. Levi di Verona (Italy), Agrupamento de Escolas da Lousã di Lousã (Portugal) and l’Institut de Flix di Tarragona (Spain).




3.00 pm – 4.30 pm:  Research in games – Roundtable of the Italian network for the safeguarding of traditional games and sports

with Dr. Valentina La Piccirella Zingari AGA-Simbdea, With the participation of: Giuseppe Giacon, AGA; Renata Meazza, Lombardy Region;  Moreno Bolzoni, Ludic Community of Ciaramella; Benedetta Ubertazzi, Bicocca University of Milan; Anna Paini, University of Verona; Stefania Baldinotti, ICDE-Mibact; Alessandra Broccolini, La Sapienza University of Rome; Lia Giancrostofaro, University of Chieti-Pescara; Vita Santoro, Unesco Chair of Matera; Gabriele Desiderio, UNPLI.

The roundtable offers a shared reflection on the new seasons of research aimed at safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage. In 2017, a first meeting of the Italian network at Tocatì inaugurated a process of identification of the traditional ludic heritage on a national scale. For this fact-finding project several ludic communities are engaged in discussions with the researchers and those responsible for Institutions on a local, regional and national level. The roundtable will give the researchers and communities the floor, in a discussion concerning methods, goals and challenges of the participatory documentation and of the research aimed at inventorying the intangible cultural heritage.

4.30 pm – 5.00 pm: The evaluation of Tocatì’s economic impact
with Prof. Fabio Cassia, Senior Lecturer of Economics and Business Management, Department of Business Economics, University of Verona, Emanuele Tagetto, AGA member

This discussion’s goal is to present the research that the Department of the University of Verona, in collaboration with AGA – Associazione Giochi Antichi (lit. “Ancient Games Association”) is conducting with the objective of evaluating the net direct economic impact of Tocatì on the city of Verona. Cultural events like Tocatì are in fact of considerable importance for the hosting cities for their economic effects, though often overlooked as not immediately noticeable. A correct evaluation of the economic impacts isn’t just useful for the several entities involved, but might also contribute to the sustainability of the even itself.

5.00 pm – 6.00 pm: Traditional games in the Czech Republic: from rural games to urban sports
with Petr Janecek, ethnologist, Carlo University, Prague,  Lubos Rosenberg, director of the Czech Tourist Authority in Italy Daniela Záveská, Department of Ethnography, National Museum, Prague Moderator: Lorenza Pizzinelli, journalist

After a brief introduction by Rosenberg who’ll illustrate the peculiarities of the territory and culture of the Czech Republic (which unites Bohemia, Moravia and part of Silesia) it will be Janacek’s turn to speak, ethnologist and folklorist expert in the Czech intangible cultural heritage. With the help of an audio-visual aid he’ll present archaic rural games, then he’ll analyse contemporary games and the urban and suburban ludic activities typical of the Czech society starting from the second half of the XIX century, such as the cultural movements directed at the diffusion of physical education that refer to institutions like SOKOL and OREL, and will carry on with the activities promoted during the State Socialism (like Spartachiadi). He’ll then conclude with a section dedicated to contemporary games related to the Czech Tramping movement and to the public ludic activities that surfaced in the last decades. Following, Záveská will briefly illustrate Prague’s National Museum: its rich ethnographic collection dedicated to the traditions and activities it promotes at the surrounding public park.

Sunday 16


10.00 am: Gioco dell’Oca (lit. “Game of the Goose”) and its images: history and meaning of a board game and of a track followed with dice.

with Dr. Patrizia Giamminuti, art historian, winner of the Gaetano Cozzi Prize for essays on game history awarded by Fondazione Benetton in 2016, Dr. Patrizia Boschiero, supervisor of Fondazione Benetton’s editions

There are several clues that lead us to believe that Gioco dell’Oca has cultured and aristocratic origins and wasn’t just a board game for children, as it’s considered today. Cited in documents and letters related to famous kings of the XVI and XVII centuries, this track board game’s shape reminds of the Tablet of Cebes, allegorical composition in Greek, popular in Italian courts since the XV century, and hides in its cells, between prizes and obstacles, numerous symbols that seem to reproduce the tortuous itinerary of human life towards the final prize of the Garden.

11.00 am:  Battuglie di Pastellessa” and the traditional games
with Vincenzo Capuano Engineer, Secretary of the UNESCO-Accredited NGO “Associazione Sant’Antuono & le Battuglie di Pastellessa

Every year at Macerata Campania on the occasion of the thousand-year old Festa di Sant’Antuono the awaited traditional games are played. They represent moments of ancient every-day life, still current in the city of Caserta, and find their rightful place in the Antonian feast, where the community’s ludic moments are recreated. “Palo di sapone” (lit. “Soap pole”), Tug of War, “Giro della botte” (lit. “Barrel turning”) are just some of the games played by the participating groups: the “Battuglie della Pastellessa” formed by the over 1500 bottari present on the territory.


Following: the band “Pastellesse Sound Group I bottari di Macerata Campania”


12.00 am: Le pupazze di Roviano

with Danilo Folgori, Giuseppe Folgori, Montanino Moltoni e Antonio Nagni, costruttori di pupazze

“Pupazza” or “pantàsima” (also called “pupa”, “signora”, “mammoccia”), a big puppet made by hand with papier-mâché on a frame of reeds, iron or some rituals and festivities in central Italy. It usually has feminie features and prominent curves. Participant make it dance at the festivities and at the end it’s usually burned. Just like many others aspect of popular culture, its form of traditional festival – wich assumes a ritualistic value and mobilizes for the event several communities from Valle dell’Aniene – has been greatly downsized, with the risk of losing knowledge, techniques and creative process tie to the local tangible and intangible culture; we’ll be waiting for you at this sixteenth edition of Tocatì to discover togheder this ancient and fascinating popular tradition.

3.00 pm: Le donne di Farigliano e il gioco delle bije (lit. “The women of Farigliano and the bije game”)

with Giancarlo Tavella – President of “Associazione Birilli di Farigliano – Gioco delle Bije” and Mancardi Ornella – Player

The women of Farigliano who play skittles are a true force of communication for the whole community. The fact that women are the only protagonists and that the only male presence is the referee, increases the historical significance and this game’s importance, also on a psychological level, for the sense of payback that women take on men. In fact, as if to feel avenged for an ancient condition of submission, they throw the bowl (ribata) with a certain strength against the skittles (bije) which given their shape represent male sexuality. It’s important to underline that the expression of this independence and freedom is an all-female game, because games are a way to share culture and values and it’s through them that we communicate and exchange the experiences of free women and men who want a world of unlimited wellbeing and peace.

Following: the band “corale Gat Ross di Farigliano
16.00: The evolution of slings

with Giancarlo Ceolin President “Chei de fionde

Chei de fionde”, is the first Italian amateur sports society dedicated to this sport. Born in San Giovanni al Natisone (Udine) in 1997, in the last 20 years this society, FIGeST card-carrying member and affiliated to CONI, grew weaving ties with other national and international societies, organizing and participating to annual European tournaments. In June 2018 it took part to the first World championship of sling throwing at Gualdo Tadino (Perugia), to which 18 Nations participated. The society’s objective is to take slings to the Olympics.

Following: Demonstration on how to build a sling.
17.00: Palla Tamburello, between game and sport

with Andrea Andreoli Regional President of FIPT Veneto (Palla Tamburello)

The history of Tamburello and this sport’s golden period between the ‘70s and the ‘80s: the “legendary” teams, some champions that marked its history and the relation that in the past tied the Tamburello team and the community. In fact the town often identified with its Tamburello players, in a truly particular bond.


Following: Demonstration on how to build a tamburello.

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