Rooftop Rhythms is back and here’s the line-up for 2022-23


The first open mic session kicks off on 28 October.

Dorian Paul Rodgers, Founder of Rooftop Rhythms, has slammed this Abu Dhabi staple into the realms of the community and once again, now is your chance to ‘speak your truth from the roof!’ as Rooftop Rhythms heads to the roof on Friday, 28 October at The Market Place.

Slated as the Middle East’s longest-running poetry open mic night, Rooftop Rhythms enters its second decade while doing its part to build the performing arts scene of the UAE.



Head to the roof where leading and up-and-coming spoken word artists, poets and musicians presenting original material promise to entertain.

Head to the roof and experience culturally-diverse voices with a line-up that features open mic nights and poetry slam competitions.

Friday 28 October Open Mic Night
Friday, 18 November Slam Competition and Open Mic Night
Friday, 16 December Open Mic Night
Friday, 27 January 2023 Slam Competition and Open Mic Night
Friday, 24 February Open Mic Night
Friday, 31 March 2023 Slam Competition and Open Mic Night
Friday, 28 April 2023 Open Mic Night
Friday, 19 May 2023 Open Mic Night
Friday, 16 June 2023 Grand Slam Finale Competition / Season closing

For tickets, go to abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net/event-tickets/84491/rooftop-rhythms

For the Season 8 programme at The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, click here

For more cultural offerings in the capital, head to Yalla – Abu Dhabi Life

Images The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi

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Derek Issacs

A Brit in the Middle East for 25 years and counting, Derek loves scouring the streets for those under-the-radar cultural gems. And when he’s not putting Yalla – Abu Dhabi magazine to bed, you’ll find him working out at the gym.