About the Franco Center

We are the Franco Center – Central Maine’s premier performance and event center. The Franco Center is in Lewiston, ME, USA. We believe history and heritage are action verbs, just like community and neighbor. We practice these by engaging members of our community young and old to share their experiences and traditions, so we might all benefit from them.

We’re a performing arts organization that celebrates our Franco-American Heritage; a legacy handed to us by generations of our brave ancestors who relocated here from France, from Quebec, and from all across the globe. We present the best in symphonic music, solo instrumentalists, chorales and choirs, and contemporary music. We have a wildly successful theme night series, as well as more informal nightclub performances.

Founded in the year 2000, the Franco Center is a 501©3 non profit organization governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors. Twenty five percent (25%) of all programming is of a French nature in order to preserve and keep the rich culture, traditions, music, cuisine, language and heritage alive and to celebrate the “Joie de Vivre” spirit of the Franco-Americans.

Upcoming Performances

  • Sep
    1

    Ksenia Kostelanetz

    Performance Hall

    Sep 1 - Sep 1

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Kesenia LRKsenia Kostelanetz, who spends her summers with her family in Greene, Maine, is only 15 years old, but to hear her play classical music on the piano, an audience might think they were listening to a seasoned virtuoso.  Ksenia, who goes by “Ksiusha” (pronounced “KSu-Sha”), was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to a musical family of immigrants from St. Petersburg, Russia. The family now lives in Wisconsin throughout the school year.

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  • Sep
    18

    St. Martin de Porres Benefit Concert

    Performance Hall

    Sep 18 - Sep 18

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    St. Martin de Porres - ImageSt. Martin de Porres will be celebrating their 25th anniversary with a benefit concert featuring local favorite, “Just Us Entertainers”, and musician/vocalist, Mitch Thomas.  All proceeds will benefit St. Martin de Porres.  For more information, call 786-4690.

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  • Sep
    22

    Thread Theater

    Heritage Hall

    Sep 22 - Sep 22

    6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Thread TheaterWelcome to Thread Theatre.

    All who would like to write plays are invited to enter their work.  Plays or scenes need to be 10 minutes or less in length. Playwrights are responsible for bringing enough copies of the play for all of the required actors and a copy to submit.  They are also responsible for any props they may want or need. Plays will be drawn at random and performed in two acts: 5 plays in the first act; 5 plays in the second.

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  • Oct
    6

    Maine International Conference On The Arts

    Performance Hall

    Oct 6 - Oct 6

    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

    2016 - maine Arts CommisionWelcome to the 2016 Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) in Lewiston-Auburn, Maine, at the Franco Cultural Center and the Bates Mill. Where the rivers of Creativity, Industry, Art, and Innovation powerfully converge.

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  • Oct
    15

    The Franco Center's "The Gala"

    Performance Hall

    Oct 15 - Oct 15

    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

    Gala Slide - 2016Join the Franco Center for ‘The Gala’ and celebrate this magnificent performance center.

     

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