The Trachtengilde Schwalenberg was founded in 1912. Their aim is to preserve the traditions form Schwalenberg, which go back to 1661. These include the traditional costumes as well as the historical dances from Schwalenberg. The association preserves the traditions and passes them on to the younger generation. Since 1962 the association has organised an international festival with folklore groups from all over the world every two years. Some of the friendships made during the festival have lasted for over 50 years. The association also endeavours to take part in festivals outside of Germany.

Musically the group is accompanied by the brass band of the Schwalenberg Volunteer Fire Brigade.

The next festival will take place in August 2020.

The Trachtengilde Schwalenberg is a  non-profi, non-government, non-academic, non-commercial and non-political organisation and has no religious affiliationt. The  organisation is officially recognised by the german tax office.