Tocatě International Festival Celebrates Traditional Games and Play

1 August 2013

From 20-21 September 2013, the historic city of Verona, Italy will be pulsating with people from around the world, gathered to revel in games and play for the 11th annual Tocatě International Festival of Street Games.

Organized by the Associazione Giochi Antichi (Ancient Games Association) in collaboration with the Municipality of Verona, this year’s Tocatě — which means “your turn” in Veronese dialect — will feature more than 40 traditional games from regions around Italy and Hungary, this year’s host country. The festival’s 300,000 expected visitors can watch or join in Hungarian games such as Gombfoci (a foosball game played with buttons) or Csürközés (a stick fighting game). There will also be Italian traditions such as Bardunfa (a spinning top game from Sardinia) and Sburla la Roda (a hay bale race from Lombardy), as well as international games like chess, checkers, and Frisbee.

A large section of the historic center will be transformed into a children’s play area, and numerous associations and institutions related to games and play will be on hand to share information.

The event will also include Italian and Hungarian musical concerts, dance and theater performances, film showings, and talks with cultural figures, including the writer Bianca Pitzorno, playwright Giorgio Pressburger and academic experts in traditional games. A special exhibit and literary reading marathon will be held in honor of the Hungarian novel “The Paul Street Boys,” by Ferenc Molnár. Additionally, the festival’s food section invites visitors to sample Italian and Hungarian wines and specialty foods.

Admission to Tocatě is free. For more information, visit www.tocati.it.

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