The Valparaiso International Center (The VIC) is an independent nonprofit organization that is located in downtown Valparaiso, yet serves all of Northwest Indiana. The VIC acts as a forum to learn about different cultures through interactive events, festivals, classes, and discussion groups. It also provides services that help international residents and visitors to feel welcome and to fully enjoy American culture. A Holiday bazaar in November/December offers fair-trade decor, jewelry, and gifts from around the world. “Fourth Friday” presentations feature a new culture every month. The VIC’s signature event is the World Cultural Festival which is held in September.