“Bala Creèla” descends from a palm sphere game, widespread in Europe since early ages but developed in Val Camonica, a land known worldwide for its cave paintings and declared Unesco World Heritage. With the support of public institutions, the association Amici della Bala Creèla (lit. “Friends of Bala Creèla”) spreads the value of this game, which today counts between 50 and 100 amateurs. It’s a chance to enliven the squares of the medieval villages in the south of the Valley, where town festivals become a true moment of intergenerational gathering.
Photos: Barbara Rigon for the project IN GIOCO. Viaggio attraverso una Regione che gioca a cura di AESS – Archivio Etnografico di Storia Sociale di Regione Lombardia