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, with opening and closing DJ sets by Jaysus Zain.

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

Season 10 / 2021 Lineup and Dates:

  • Virtual Slam Competition and Open Mic Night – Wednesday, Dec 15
  • 2022’s lineup will be announced in early January of 2022.

The in-person component of this event is open to NYUAD community members with a valid NYUAD ID only. All attendees must present a ‘Green’ status on AlHosn app and a negative PCR result (valid until at least 96 hours before the event). Tickets will be available from Wednesday, December 8 at 3pm via the NYUAD Intranet and Student portal. Check Booking Info for details.

“…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.