Speak your truth from the roof!

The Middle East’s longest-running open mic night stays virtual for the Fall, with one special in-person event in November.

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.

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

Season 10 / 2021 Lineup and Dates:

  • Virtual Season Opening / Open Mic Night – Wednesday, Sep 29
  • Virtual Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Wednesday, Oct 20
  • In-Person in partnership with Louvre Abu Dhabi – Wednesday, Nov 17 (at Louvre Abu Dhabi)
  • Virtual Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Wednesday, Dec 15

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

Co-presented with Rooftop Rhythms

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; all languages are welcome.