Films and Food and Live Performances, oh my!

Jan 21, 16 Films and Food and Live Performances, oh my!

Toledo LISC  is proud to support the 2nd Annual Toledo International Film Festival (TIFF)— one of the many creative placemaking efforts happening throughout Toledo’s neighborhoods!  Hosted by The Ohio Theatre & Event Center and Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC), TIFF celebrates our diverse community by bringing folks together through arts and culture. The film festival kicks off Saturday, January 23rd at the Ohio Theatre (3114 Lagrange St.) and will run through February 6th.  Back by popular demand, delicious samplings of food from local ethnic and immigrant-owned eateries will be available each night. New this year, TIFF will feature live performances during intermissions. Check out the full TIFF schedule below and learn how to get a full-access pass to the entire film festival for just $35!

January 23

Restaurant Sponsor: Manos Greek Restaurant


4:30 PM: Timbuktu (Mali/Mauritania)

Performance by The Ballroom Company, rumba lesson

7:00 PM: Dancing in Jaffa (Israel-Palestine)


January 30

Restaurant Sponsor: Mi Hacienda Mexican Restaurant


4:30 PM: Instructions Not Included (Mexico)

Performance by Veralucia Mendoza, singer/poet

7:00 PM: Gabrielle (Canada)


February 6

Restaurant Sponsor: Takacs Grocery & Meats


4:30 PM: I Wish (Japan)

Performance by Kazenodaichi Taiko Ensemble, Japanese drum group

7:00 PM: White God (Hungary)


Tickets can be purchased for in advance for $8 per film or at the door for $10 each. A pass to see all 6 films is also available for $35.


For more information and tickets, visit


About the TIFF Hosts

Built in 1921, the Ohio Theatre & Event Center is Toledo’s longest running neighborhood theater. In 2009, United North took ownership of the theatre and started renovations with the support of Toledo LISC.  Since it’s re-opening in 2013, the Ohio Theatre and Event Center has served as a neighborhood anchor and catalyst for the revitalization of the Lagrange Business District located in the ONE Village neighborhood of North Toledo. Through affordable arts programming like TIFF, the Ohio Theatre continues to draw people from all over to experience the arts and rich cultural history of the neighborhood.

The Welcome Toledo-Lucas County (TLC) initiative is a collaboration of partners working to build a welcoming and inclusive community for immigrants and people of diverse cultures. Welcome TLC is housed at the Board of Lucas County Commissioners in partnership with Toledo LISC. In addition to celebrating the vibrant cultural diversity and immigrant heritage of Toledo-Lucas County through events like the TIFF, Welcome TLC makes the case for immigrants’ impact on our community and economy, elevates the conversation for diversity and inclusion, and promotes immigrant-friendly policies and programs.

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