LEWISTON — The Dolard and Priscilla Gendron Franco Center will host its second International Children’s Festival on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21.

The festival theme is “Once Upon a Time” and will focus on telling stories through several different mediums. It will consist of two days of workshops for children ages 6 to 12. Participants will learn, or help others learn, African dances, stories through music, Readers Theater, yoga and karate, Mexican games, contra dancing and various art projects from regions of the world.

Each day will begin with a 9:30 a.m. arrival time. Children will be picked up at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and 3 p.m. on Thursday, following the final program. Lunch will be provided each day. The short presentation in the Performance Hall will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 21, and is free and open to the public.

Performance artists representing each of the communities, including returning popular Maine musicians and recording artists John Coté and Michael Parent, will lead the workshops and direct the final performance. Other leaders include Sadie Landry, Beth Almquist, Mitch Thomas, Heritier Nosso and several Bates College dance students.

FMI: 207-783-1585, www.francocenter.org.

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