International Events

In addition to organizing the sister-city exchanges, WIFA coordinates a variety of activities to enhance cultural relationships in the Worthington community. Ethnic dinners, lectures and international festival celebrations are just a few of the ways WIFA strives to achieve its goals of fostering intercultural friendships, welcoming international newcomers, and learning and experiencing cultural differences. The City of Worthington and WIFA believe that understanding different cultures and customs is essential for living in the global community of the 21st century. 

Virtual Programs

WIFA has suspended in-person programming until further notice. However, we remain committed to staying connected and providing relevant cultural information and resources during this time of social distancing. Virtual programs and opportunities are continuing to be developed. WIFA also has created this list of resources and international news to keep you informed of international and cultural happenings.

2020 WIFA-SIFA Live!

The Worthington and Sayama International Friendship Associations held their first-ever live virtual program on December 16, 2020, bringing Worthington and Sayama citizens together to share winter holiday and community cultures and conversation. 

   2021 programs    

Saturday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. -
WIFA-SIFA Live - Student Music Showcase

Join the Worthington & Sayama International Friendship Associations for a live virtual program, bringing Worthington and Sayama citizens together to share music, cultures and conversation. WIFA and SIFA will come together live from our two countries for a special showcase of student music. Choral and instrumental performances will be featured from students in Sayama and Worthington, then students will join WIFA and SIFA members for conversation and discussion.

 In addition to a celebration of music, we will remember the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami of March 11, 2011. We will reflect on the lives lost and how music brought support, comfort and healing for our friends in Sayama and the people of Japan.   

Register here

2021 Book Discussion

Upcoming Dates: May 12, August 10, November 10

More information will be provided soon about the May 12 books.

TBA: International Celebration Dinner 

WIFA is exploring ideas and options for bringing our annual International Celebration Dinner to you virtually. We will share more information when plans are developed.

SIFA zoom 10-14-2020
zoom opening slide (post event)
caligraphy program