In 1966, a group of people from Kyrenia, out of love for their hometown and having as a basic concern the preservation and dissemination of its rich folklore and traditional culture, took the initiative and founded the Kyrenia Folklore Society.

Until 1974, the Society had succeeded in developing a dynamic presence in the Kyrenian society with an invaluable contribution to the town and its people.

Following the occupation of the town by the turkish army in 1974 and the forceful displacement of the vast majority of its inhabitants who were greek cypriots, the society continued its activity in the government controlled area of the island. However in view of the circumstances, it was decided that it would focus primarily on preserving the historical memory through publications, until the return of the town’s lawful residents to their homes.