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

  • Aug
    2

    The Annual Bates Musicians' Concert

    Performance Hall

    Aug 2 - Aug 2

    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Bates Dance Festival annual Musicians Concert in the Franco-American Heritage Center.  Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform a program of original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe. The evening features multi-instrumentalists Jesse Manno, Terrence Karn, and Shamou whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composers and pianists, Peter Jones, Mike Vargas and Carl Landa; electronic music wizard Albert Mathias; and violin prodigy Rob Flax.

    Bates Dance Festival annual Musicians Concert in the Franco-American Heritage Center.
    Thoughtful, playful and profound music takes center stage when these extraordinary composers, known for their collaborations with dancers, perform a program of original and improvised works that blend musical styles from around the globe. The evening features multi-instrumentalists Jesse Manno, Terrence Karn, and Shamou whose collective musical repertory spans Africa, Asia and the Middle East; composers and pianists, Peter Jones, Mike Vargas and Carl Landa; electronic music wizard Albert Mathias; and violin prodigy Rob Flax.

    The Annual Bates Musicians’ Concert, a global mix of music by eight remarkable composers and players, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the Franco Center, 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students.

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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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  • 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

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

     

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  • Nov
    18

    The Medieval Feast

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 18 - Nov 18

    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Castle & KnightImagine yourself in the center of a medieval courtyard, awaiting the glorious arrival of the King and Queen.  You’ll join the King, knights, minstrels, and wenches in the Great Hall, filled with magic, color, entertainment and a menu without utensils!

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