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.

   Upcoming 2021 programs   

August 10 - Book Discussion

The Worthington International Friendship Association Book Group plans to meet via Zoom on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at 7:00 pm to discuss books featuring Southeast and East Asia, and Pacific Islander nations. 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 different cultures and how they are reflected in the different books.  

Southeast Asia

Pacific Islander (refers to those whose origins are the original peoples of Polynesia Hawaii or native Hawaiian)

East Asia

Reserve books online by calling 
the Worthington Libraries at 614-807-2626

Register for the August 10 WIFA Book Discussion here

Future 2021 Book Discussion date: November 10

October 7 at 7pm - Prominent Gardens of the World

Landscape architect Laura Burchfield, co-author of the book "American Home Landscapes," will lead a virtual "tour" of England’s famed Great Dexter and other prominent Gardens of the U.K. This program will be presented via Zoom in partnership with the Worthington Garden Club, Worthington Griswold Center, the Worthington International Friendship Association and Worthington Libraries. Registration information will be made available at a later date.

2022 International Celebration Dinner 

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

SIFA zoom 10-14-2020
caligraphy program

Past Featured Program -  WIFA-SIFA Live!

The Worthington and Sayama International Friendship Associations are coming together virtually to hold joint, live programs featuring cultures and conversation. 

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. 

zoom opening slide (post event)