Today, the Library of Congress announced an exciting upcoming series: “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque.” Multiple events from April 12 through May 6 will explore disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections.
Gloria Gaynor. Courtesy Gloria Gaynor.
Disco’s influence on popular music and dance since the 1970s will be in focus through film screenings, performances, interviews and a symposium. You are welcome to experience the Library of Congress like never before with a diverse lineup of programs featuring appearances by disco icon Gloria Gaynor, whose “I Will Survive” is recognized in the National Recording Registry; fashion guru Tim Gunn; “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts; photographer Bill Bernstein; scholars Alice Echols and Martin Scherzinger; and legendary disco-ball maker Yolanda Baker.
Gloria Gaynor will be accompanied by her band for a performance in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building on May 6, followed by a late-night disco dance party presented in association with BrightestYoungThings and the District of Columbia Library Association.
All events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be released to the public via Eventbrite on Thursday, March 30, at 10:00 am (ET). If an event is listed as sold out, a limited number of patrons will have the opportunity to register for a waitlist (on the ticketing page).
For more information, contact (202) 707-5502 or [email protected] Support free programming at the Library of Congress.
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