Experience the 11th season of rooftop rhythms: a fusion of spoken word, poetry, and live music


Immerse yourself in the vibrant and captivating performances of open mic night

As it marks its second decade, the poetry open mic night that has been running the longest in the Middle East is contributing to the growth of the performing arts scene in the UAE.

Attendees can enjoy original works from prominent and emerging spoken word artists, poets, and musicians who represent a variety of cultures.

The event offers both open mic sessions and poetry slam competitions, with Rooftop Rhythms being led by its founder, Dorian Paul Rogers, Ed.D.


Season 11 / 2022-2023 Lineup and Dates:

  • Open Mic Night – The Reflection Edition- Friday, Mar 31
  • Open Mic Night – Friday, Apr 28
  • Open Mic Night – Friday, May 19
  • Grand Slam Finale Competition / Season Closing – Friday, Jun 16



In collaboration with The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi and with the backing of the US Mission to the UAE, Rooftop Rhythms is dedicated to promoting the work of artists who are based in the local community.

To nurture homegrown talent, the event organizers request that all performers showcase their own original material, regardless of the language used.

Those who wish to participate in the open mic segment may secure a spot by sending an email to [email protected].

Slots will be allotted based on the order of sign-ups received.



31 March to 16 June


The Arts Centre at NYUAD


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