Spoken word done right

The Middle East’s longest-running open mic night goes virtual. Join leading and up-and-coming spoken word artists, poets, and musicians presenting original material. Experience culturally-diverse voices with a lineup that features open mic nights and poetry slams. Rooftop Rhythms is hosted by founder Dorian Paul Rogers and features the smooth sounds of DJ A.L.L.A.D.

“…The go-to open mic night for poets in Abu Dhabi” – Abu Dhabi World

Season 9 / 2020 Lineup and Dates:

  • Virtual Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Friday, Oct 23
  • Virtual Open Mic Night – Friday, Nov 20
  • Virtual Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Friday, Dec 11
  • Virtual Open Mic Night – Friday, Jan 22
  • Virtual Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Friday, Feb 26
  • Virtual 9th Anniversary Show / Open Mic Night – Friday, Mar 26
  • Virtual Open Mic Night – Friday, Apr 30
  • Virtual Grand Slam Finale Competition / Season Closing – Friday, May 28

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

Co-presented with Rooftop Rhythms with official support of US Embassy Abu Dhabi.

Rooftop Rhythms and The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi are committed to providing a platform for locally based artists to share their original creative work in front of a supportive community. In an effort to foster local talent, we ask that all poets and musicians perform original material.

Event information:

  • Registration for the open mic list is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up on the Rooftop Rhythms Group Page on Facebook .