The folk group in Gütersloh (Folklorekreis Gütersloh) was founded in 1975 and was originally a children's group which belonged to the German Youth Organisation in Europe. In the course of time a well-known folk music and folk dance group emerged. Nowadays about 30 active dancers and musicians between the ages of 25 and 85 have a lot of fun dancing and making music together. German folk dances, as well as a large number of international folk dances, have become part of a varied repertoire.
The members of the group wear many different national costumes which provide a colourful picture when dancing and making music. These costumes are predominantly made in group workshops and show the differences in German culture. As well as the local East Westfalian costumes there are others from the Bohemian Forest, the island of Rügen, Prussia, Upper and Lower Silesia, Moravia and Transylvania. The Folklorekreis Gütersloh is well-known outside of Germany. The aim of the group is to cultivate understanding between peoples and so help to preserve peace in Europe and in the world. The group has already made exchange visits with other groups and festivals in Belgium, Greece, Czech Republic, England, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, the Slovakian Republic and Hungary. Through international meetings in Germany and abroad important contacts have been made, some of which have developed into lasting friendships.
Since November 1996, the Folklorekreis Gütersloh has its own music group. It started with two accordion players and two flute players. Today, we can say with pride, that our music group has grown to seven musicians. As with the dancers, the fun of making music is a top priority. Accordion, violin, clarinet, flute and a concertina form a harmonious interplay for the dancers, who enthusiastically dance to live music. The feedback from the audience is always positive when folkloric performances are accompanied by live music. Not only the dancers from Folklorekreis Gütersloh shine in their colorful costumes. The music group also forms a colorful picture in their Westphalian clothing.