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.
A mix of in-person and virtual programming is being offered. We hope you will join us for our upcoming programs outlined here.
Scroll down to view videos of past WIFA-SIFA Live virtual programs presented in partnership with our sister-city Sayama, Japan. Programs include a Tour of Gardens, Student Music Showcase, and Sister City Holiday Traditions.
Upcoming 2022 & 2023 programs
October 11, 2022, 7pm - Inexplicable India with Author David Mould (via Zoom)
Join the Worthington & Sayama International Friendship Associations for a live virtual program bringing Worthington and Sayama citizens together for artist interviews and tours of art galleries in each city. WIFA and SIFA members will showcase the dynamic art scenes and creative talents in their communities and share conversation and discussion. We hope you will join us for this special program to strengthen cultural understanding and the bonds of our long-time sister-city relationship. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the discussion. Register here.
November 16, 2022 , 7pm - Book Discussion
The Worthington International Friendship Association Book Group plans to meet via Zoom on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 to discuss books featuring the United Kingdom. The format will continue to offer more titles to choose from. You may read all, or just one or two. There will be round robin discussion related to the cultures and how they are reflected in the different books. Book reservations may be made online by following the links for each title or by calling the Worthington Libraries at 614-807-2626. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the discussion. Register here.
7. The Living Mountain by Nan Shepherd (in library catalog but not available) highly praised!
February 3, 2023 - WIFA International Celebration Dinner
After taking 2021 and 2022 off, WIFA's signature event returns in 2023. The dinner will take place at the Worthington Presbyterian Church. More details will be announced when they are available.
Past Featured Programs - WIFA-SIFA Live!
While the pandemic temporarily paused our in-person sister city delegation visits, the Worthington and Sayama International Friendship Associations are coming together virtually to hold joint, live programs featuring cultures and conversation.
October 2021 Tour of Gardens
WIFA and SIFA presented a Tour of Gardens program showcasing gardens of each community.
March 2021 Student Music Showcase
WIFA and SIFA held a virtual student music showcase, which featured choral and instrumental music, and also reflected on the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
- Watch the entire March 2021 program here.
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- March 2021 program flyer
December 2020 Holiday Traditions
The first-ever live virtual WIFA-SIFA program featured winter holiday traditions from Sayama and Worthington.