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

Due to the pandemic, WIFA has suspended in-person programming. However, we remain committed to staying connected and providing relevant cultural information and resources. 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.

Scroll down to view videos of past WIFA-SIFA Live virtual programs including a Tour of Gardens, Student Music Showcase, and Sister City Holiday Traditions. 

SIFA zoom 10-14-2020

   Upcoming 2022 programs   

February 8, 2022 , 7pm - Book Discussion

The Worthington International Friendship Association Book Group plans to meet via Zoom on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 to discuss books featuring Afghanistan. The format will continue to offer more titles to choose from. You may read all, or just one or two. There will be 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.

  1. Sparks Like Stars
  2. A Thousand Splendid Suns
  3. Caravans

The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to registrants prior to the discussion. Register for the February 8 WIFA Book Discussion here

Mark your calendar for these future 2022 Book Discussion dates and topics:

  • Wednesday, May 11 - Japan
  • Tuesday, August 9 - Ireland/Wales
  • Wednesday, November 16 - TBD 

2022 International Celebration Dinner 

WIFA hopes to bring our popular International Dinner Celebration back later in 2022. Details will be posted here when they are available. 

Past Featured Programs -  WIFA-SIFA Live!

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. 

December 2020 Holiday Traditions

The first-ever live virtual WIFA-SIFA program featured winter holiday traditions from Sayama and Worthington. 

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Program opening slide for website
zoom opening slide (post event)