Wednesday to Sunday!
31 Jan – 4 Feb 2018
The festival organized by the Association of Traditional Games (Associazione Giochi Antichi) in cooperation with the city of Verona attracted some 300,000 visitors onto the streets of Verona. The spectators were really delighted by Mexican games like “Carrera de arihueta” (a competition between Tarahumara women), the “Juego de la caña de maìz” and various pre-Columbian ball games like “Pelota p´urépecha”, which uses a real fireball. But the Italian games like Lancio del Maiorchino, a game originating from Sicily that involves throwing Pecorino moulds weighing ten kilograms, were also very popular.
Other highlights of the event were a photo exhibition on Mexico’s games tradition in the San Giorgetto Church and an exhibition with illustrations of Mexican fables and myths, which can be visited in Palazzo Forti until 17 October 2014 inclusive. Here you can also find a number of works by the Mexican artist Gabriel Pacheco, who was present at the festival as a speaker. At the Forum of Games Culture, many game experts, scientists and fans of the games world met and discussed cultural similarities and differences in game rituals.
Mexican and Italian music groups and artists and even a French beat box duo provided musical entertainment for the festival.
German Railway and the Austrian railway company ÖBB laid on a special train with games and music to transport festival visitors from Germany and Austria straight from Munich to Verona. The stations in Verona, Venice and Rome were also transformed into game worlds.
Our photo gallery shows a few impressions of the Tocatì Festival:
Find more information about Tocatì on www.tocati.it.