Alayköy Folklor Derneği
Turkish Cypriot folk music is rich in rhythms and colourful tones. The instruments used are: Violin, accordion, clarinet, lute, flute, oboe, drum, davul and zil. Often glissandi and trills are used, which make the music very exciting.
Folklore occupies a very important place among the Cypriots, who have benefited from different cultures due to their geographical location. Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Turks have influenced the cultural heritage of this Mediterranean Islam. And folklore is extremely important in the lives of Cypriots because it offers them unity and identity. The special part of folklore is dancing. And after the Cypriot folk dances of the past centuries have been influenced by different civilizations, they have reached the present day in different forms. The dances are important not only because they are appreciated by the locals, but also in other parts of the world. The folk dance group of Iskele is therefore regularly represented at international festivals throughout the year. Cyprus folk dances typically focus on special events in island life. Undoubtedly the most important of these are weddings. In a wedding environment, dances such as "SİRTO", "ÇİFTETELLİ", "KARŞILAMA", "ZEYBEK" and others are popular.
The eagle is the symbolic bird of the island and has always been a part of the lives of Cypriots who appreciate its freedom and adventure. The eagle dance is therefore performed at the beginning of all Cypriot festivals.
The "ARABİYE DANCE" performed by the women is reminiscent of the belly dances performed by women from the not too distant Orient.
And the "KOZAN DANCE", which is linked to the laborious carrying of water in an island state where, ironically, water is rare and precious, reminds us that the burdens for women are sometimes greater than they can carry.