BABYBE FESTIVAL 2018
Play Different, Play Together
Play happens all the time and everywhere. Playing games is one of the activities that has always been common to the entire human race. Since prehistoric times and with very different shapes and characteristics, it has been used by the peoples to provide entertainment and leisure. Each country reflects in some way its own world, its complex cultural system through the playing activity. Knowing games from different countries and traditions makes it possible to approach in a fun way to other cultures, discovering affinities and differences, habits, customs and sometimes even the values of a culture.
For example, more competitive games are spread in industrialised countries, while in tribal societies where the fundamental principle is that of coexistence based on the sharing of all goods, cooperative games are more common. So play can also become a simple and extraordinary way to bring children closer to other cultures. Without any presumption to teach anything but to have fun.
Every child and young person needs and wants the time and space to play. It is through play that children interact with the world around them. Also playing games create social and cultural integration. Playing games is how children interact with each other. It is the universal language of children (their Esperanto): it has no barriers regarding languages, cultures, gender, age or abilities.