Founded in Turin – Italy on 10 October 1983 by Franco Lucà and dedicated to the research and diffusion of folk culture and traditions, the CENTRO CULTURA POPOLARE 'Michele Luciano Straniero' is a non-profit cultural association affiliated with national association A.C.L.I. (therefore it is considered an Association for Social Promotion, or APS). Since its inception, CCP leads a national movement towards the development and reorganization of the whole italian folk sector. To CCP are attributed the first courses in Italy of folk tradition: folk singing, folk dances and the playing of traditional instruments and the the information bulletin called FolkNotes, printed continuously from 1986 to 2015.
The CCP also performs training and design tasks. Through its concert hall (the FolkClub), inaugurated on April 16, 1988, CCP provides training courses, wookshops and Masterclasses, designs events, attends to the organization of musical and cultural initiatives and festivals entrusted by the Local Administration or by private entities.
Chaired by his founder Franco Lucà until his death in June 2008, the CCP is entirely directed by Paolo Lucà, Franco's son.
The CCP and the FolkClub make use of the precious collaboration of a heterogeneous group of about 30 volunteers.