Pralognan, a peaceful resort in France's Vanoise National Park, will host the Festi'musiques de Pralognan Jan. 20-27, 2010.

This festival celebrates French and Francophone culture and music with concerts, street events, and children's workshops in a lively and friendly atmosphere.

The event kicks off with a torchlit descent on the pistes at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, followed by a show by Quebecois singer, songwriter, and comedian Simon Genest.

This year the festival pays hommage to the women of the French artistic world with concerts by Châkidor (a country/bluegrass duo with a Celtic touch), les Soeurs Moustaches (a trio of singing sisters), and other French and Canadian artists. The concerts take place at 8:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose centre ("salle polyvalente"). The Arpège Café will also host two after parties starting at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and Jan. 23.

Festi'musiques isn't just a series of concerts. During the week-long event, Quebecoise artist Julie Mercure exposes her art at the Hotel de la Vanoise. There are also two art workshops, open to everyone, at 6-8 p.m Saturday, Jan. 23 and Tuesday, Jan. 26. If painting isn't quite your thing, there are also three country line dancing workshops with a live band (6-7:30 p.m Jan. 22 at Vacanciel; Jan. 24 at the IGESA; and Jan. 26 at the Télémark).

The festival finishes on a funny note with a comical and musical dinner show at 8:30 p.m Jan. 27. Reservations are obligatory and can be made by calling the Pralognan tourism office on +33 (0)479.087.908.

The activities and concerts of Festi'musiques are free of charge.

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