The (almost) month-long celebration will include live shows, film screenings and more
The US Library of Congress recently added Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive to the National Recording Registry, which preserves landmark musical works for future generations. It's not the first disco record to be thus honoured - the Registry already included the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and Donna Summer's I Feel Love - but nevertheless, its inclusion is being used as the catalyst to launch a nearly month-long programme of events in celebration of all things disco, entitled Bibliodiscotheque.
Things get underway on 12 April, when the film 54 (about legendary New York disco Studio 54) will be the first of several disco/dance-related films to be screened in the Library's own Marty Pickford Theater over the course of the 3.5 weeks. Others include Saturday Night Fever, 2012 documentary The Secret Disco Revolution, a Donna Summer concert movie from 1999 and, in its entirety, 2011 house music documentary series Pump Up The Volume.
Other events in the Bibliodiscotheque series include lectures and seminars on disco fashion (2 May), ABBA and disco's influence in Europe (3 May) and African dance rhythms (4 May), and an all-day symposium exploring many different aspects of disco culture on 6 May, which will be followed by the programme's grand finale, a live show by Ms Gaynor herself that will form the centrepiece of a "disco dance party" from 7pm-12.30am.