Rooftop Rhythms #49 – Grand Finale Slam Competition and Open Mic

The Middle East’s longest running poetry open mic night returns for its fifth season.

The Middle East’s longest-running poetry open mic entertains, educates, and inspires as it shines a spotlight on some of the UAE’s most talented established and up-and-coming spoken word and performing artists. In its fifth season, this diverse celebration of oral expression is hosted by Rooftop Rhythms founder Dorian Paul Rogers. The smooth sounds of DJ A.L.L.A.D. keep the crowd moving and grooving between performances.

Presented by Black on Black Rhyme-Abu Dhabi, Jean Hellon Productions, and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi with official support from US Embassy Abu Dhabi.

Entrance Details:
This event is open to all ages. Traditional dress (i.e. khandora, abaya, hijab) Is allowed.

Performance Details: The poetry open mic list is on a first-come, first-served basis on the Rooftop Rhythms Group Page. Please post interest there or on Rooftop Rhythms #49’s event page.

Date: Friday, May 19 @ 8pm
Location: The Marketplace, NYU Abu Dhabi Campus Center, 2nd Floor
Time: 8:00pm-10:30pm
Doors open at 7pm.
Free entrance all night (Complimentary ticket reservations strongly recommended)
*Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

*Parking is free for all attendees at the East Park car deck (visible upon entrance to campus), level B1 in visitor spaces. Security will be available to guide visitors to appropriate spaces.

“Infuses the old culture of poetry with some fresh energy…More raw…More free…” – CNN

“A great night of poetry filled with passion…” – BBC

“Abu Dhabi is home to a rapidly expanding group of poets who strive to find common ground as they cast aside geographical differences and language barriers… who believe in sharing poetry for love, healing, enlightenment and education, celebrates the spoken word.” – Khaleej Times