International Forum of Ludic Culture // Forum internazionale della Cultura Ludica

Forum della cultura ludica in collaborazione con MIBAC, ICDE e MUCIV


Ven. from 6.00 PM to 11.00 PM

Sab. from 10.00 AM to 11.00 PM

Dom. from 10.00 PM o 6.30 PM


“Considerations and experiences in the world of traditional games”

Friday 6.00 PM – 11.00 PM
Saturday 10.00 AM – 11.00 PM
Sunday 10.00 AM – 6.30 PM

Designed as a place of reflections and meetings, the International Forum of Ludic Culture is the space Associazione Giochi Antichi dedicated to all those who wish to deepen the subjects tied to the practice of traditional games and to the diffusion of the values that distinguish them. It’s the Festival’s beating heart and it reflects its inclusive and dynamic nature, where games are an invitation to ask, discover and participate. Here visitors become a part of the ludic communities, meet the protagonists and discover the ethnographic museums, which guarantee the preservation of local traditions and spread their culture and values.


Associazione Giochi Antichi (AGA) (lit. “Association of Ancient Games”), creator and organizer of Festival Tocatì, promotes the research, the valorization and the protection of the traditional games’ communities in Italy and in the world. Active in the promotion of the environmental and architectonic patrimony, as well as of Beni Culturali Immateriali (lit. “Immaterial Cultural Goods”), as recognized by UNESCO in 2003, AGA was nominated in 2015 an official delegate of AEJeST (as an accredited NGO) at the forum of the intergovernmental committee for the protection of UNESCO’s immaterial cultural patrimony.


Association Européenne des Jeux et Sports Traditionnels (AEJST) (lit. “European Association of Traditional Games and Sports”), a non-governmental organization accredited by UNESCO in 2010, is composed of federations, cultural associations, museums, professional orders and academic institutions whose goal is to valorize and protect traditional sports and games. But the development and practice of traditional sports and games isn’t the association’s only goal, but also the acknowledgment and diffusion of the values they transmit.


The Central Institute for Demo-Ethno-Anthropology operates in Italy and abroad for the valorization of demo-ethno-anthropology tangible and intangible cultural goods, and of the expressions of cultural diversity present on the territory. To reach its goals the institute also promotes activities of research, formation, study and divulgation, collaborating with universities, public and private corporations, national and international research centres. Since 2017 the Institute, with Associazione Giochi Antichi (lit. “Ancient Games Association”), organizes the formative project Tocatì: a shared heritage.


Simbdea (an Italian society for museography and demo-ethno-anthropological goods) was instituted in 2001 by a group of anthropologists active in the field of research, of museology, of mediation and of formation in the domain of tangible and intangible cultural heritage of humanity. Some associated museums’ contribution to Tocatì revolves around the theme: Games like Rites. Hence games are like rites that put to the test and strengthen balances by experimenting new ones.


Fondazione Benetton Studi e Ricerche has been promoting since 1987 in Treviso cultural projects whose goal is to know and preserve the community’s material and immaterial patrimonies. In the field of game history, besides a series of books, it published since 1995 “Ludica. Annali di storia e civiltà del gioco” (lit. “Playing. Annals of the history and culture of games”): today this journal, directed by Gherardo Ortalli, represents the most prestigious place for a scientific reflection on the historical and social meaning of games.


Villa Giulia, the suburban residence of Pope Julius III (1550-1555), became the seat of the National Etruscan Museum in 1889 at the behest
of F. Barnabei, an Italian archaeologist and politician, who was responsible for a coherent program of archaeological explorations which
started from Falerii (today Civita Castellana), and continued towards other towns of the same territory and in built-up areas, sanctuaries and
burial grounds of Southern Lazio, of Etruria and of Umbria. The subsequent excavation campaigns of the first half of the 1900s – in
particular the ones in Veio and Cerveteri – have changed the appearance of the Museum, which has now become the most representative of the Etruscan civilization.

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