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

  • 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

    Franco Center Gala – Songs of the Silver Screen

    Performance Hall

    Oct 15 - Oct 15

    6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Join us for our annual Gala and Concert.  Arrive at 6 p.m. to feast on a selection of dishes from 12 of L/A’s favorite restaurants and enjoy drinks at the bar in Heritage Hall.  After the opening festivities, join other guests in the Performance Hall for “Songs for the Silver Screen”,

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  • Oct
    21

    Jeanne et Osithee – A One-Act Play

    Heritage Hall

    Oct 21 - Oct 21

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    coverJeanne et Osithée: Parallèles Croisées
    by Jean-Claude Redonnet & Grégoire Chabot

    According to geometry, parallels never cross.  But in life, things may be different as will be seen when Jeanne, a woman from the French Pyrenees, and Osithee, a Franco-American from northern Maine, meet for a memorable encounter and dialogue between two francophone mothers, wifes of different cultures on both sides of the Atlantic.

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  • Oct
    23

    Fiddle-icious

    Performance Hall

    Oct 23 - Oct 23

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Fiddle-icious Nov 2014 LR

    Join Fiddle-icious, a non-profit, all volunteer community orchestra with members from Kittery to Augusta, as they take to the stage to share their uplifting music. Fiddle-icious is a large and vibrant group of Maine musicians playing fiddle, piano, harp, guitar, banjo,         accordion, cello, tin whistle, concertina and upright bass. Their tunes are passed on from the Irish, Scottish,

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  • Nov
    6

    Loin des Hommes – A French Film with Subtitles

    Heritage Hall

    Nov 6 - Nov 6

    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    menAlgeria, 1954. Two very different men thrown together by a world in turmoil are forced to flee across the Atlas mountains. Daru, the reclusive teacher, has to escort Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.

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