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.
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.
2020-2021 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
In March 2021, 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. (recording begins a few minutes into the introductions)
- March 2021 program flyer
December 2020 Holiday Traditions
The first-ever live virtual WIFA-SIFA program featured winter holiday traditions from Sayama and Worthington.
Upcoming 2021 programs
May 12 WIFA Book Discussion Features Japan
- Seventeen by Hideo Yokoyama
- The Only Woman in the Room (A Memoir) by Beate Sirota Gordon
- A Little Book of Japanese Contentments by Erin Niimi Longhurst (The fourth book is not available at the library but can be found at Amazon or Abebooks.com)
Future 2021 Book Discussion dates: August 10 & November 10