Literaturhaus at Nadi

A celebration of literature will take place inside Nadi Al Quoz.

Literaturhaus at Nadi
sets out to reinvent and revive the 19th-century salon, where contemporary questions were debated alongside an array of literary, artistic and cultural initiatives, inspiring audiences with new perspectives. At Literaturhaus at Nadi, international and regional authors, poets, critics, curators, publishers, translators, and musicians will gather to share their ideas through readings, discussions and performances. The programme will cover all aspects of contemporary culture and become a forum to spark thoughtful exchange.

Events are held at 4pm every Saturday (through timings may change depending on events around the Avenue). Literaturhaus at Nadi events are free of charge and open to the public. However, spaces may be limited so booking at is recommended.

Schedule for December 2017:

Tuesday 5 December 2017 | 6.30PM
Talk: Contemporary Art and Digital Culture | Melissa Gronlund
Melissa Gronlund will be in conversation with Anna Seaman about Contemporary Art and Digital Culture, which looks at how contemporary art practice has been affected by social media, the internet and digital technologies, through the work of Hito Steyerl, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Bouchra Khalili, Seth Price, and others. 

Saturday 9 December 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Homemade in Abu Dhabi: Savour the taste of a city | Hanan Sayed Worell
Rooted in a Bedouin desert culture, Abu Dhabi has been at the crossroads of East and West for millennia. In Homemade in Abu Dhabi, author Hanan Sayed Worrell offers up a taste of the cosmopolitan community of the city. As a resident of Abu Dhabi for a quarter century, the author takes us where few visitors can go, for an intimate glimpse into the homes of Emiratis as well as residents from Syria to Spain, India to Italy, Afghanistan to the Americas.

Homemade in Abu Dhabi is the story of a community forming itself through the sharing of food, traditions and culture.

Through essays, stories and recipes, we see Abu Dhabi’s many faces, from the local to the cosmopolitan, from the 1960s to the bustling contemporary city where art and business thrive.

Saturday 16 December 2017 | 3PM
Performance & lecture: Breaking the Chains of Rhyme | Dorian Paul Rogers
More people know the founder of Rooftop Rhythms, the Middle East’s longest-running poetry open mic night, as the godfather of the UAE spoken word scene than a National Poetry Slam Champion (Slam Charlotte-2007) and Hip Hop artist. 

Throughout his performance career, Dorian Paul Rogers has attempted to bridge the gap between being prolific on stage to respected on page which, he argues, is only achieved through letting go of an over-reliance to rhyme. 

In this performance/lecture, Dorian will share his poetic evolution as a writer with regards to rhyme and the need for other writing techniques when crafting spoken word poetry.

Saturday 23 December 2017 | 4PM
Poetry performance: Water and Salt | Lena Tuffaha Khalaf

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha's debut, Water & Salt, sings in the voices of people ravaged by cycles of war and news coverage. These poems alternately rage, laugh, celebrate and grieve, singing in the voices of people ravaged by cycles of war and news coverage and inviting the reader to see the human lives lived beyond the headlines. The talk will be moderated by Zeina Hashem Beck. 

Past events:
Saturday 1 July 2017 | 4PM
Poetry slam: Afra Atiq
Saturday 8 July 2017 | 4PM
Reading and performance: Fadi Zaghmout and Hani Yakan | The Bride of Amman
Saturday 15 July 2017 | 4PM
Reading and talk: Hussain Ali Lootah | Between Two Wives
Saturday 22 July 2017 | 4PM
Workshop: Creative writing with Mariam Al Saedi
Saturday 29 July 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Ibrahim Ali Khadim | Teaching Love – a conversation about the challenges of life
Saturday 5 August 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Asma Al Jailani | How the skill of writing becomes the journey of writing
Saturday 12 August 2017 | 4PM (limited to 12 spaces)
Spoken word performance workshop: Dubai Poetics with Farah Chamma 
Saturday 19 August 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Andrew Hansen | My Life on the Coffee Table
Saturday 26 August 2017 | 4PM
Poetry Slam and music performance: Farah Chamma and Parea: Myriam Nehmeh (percussionist) and Maruan Betawi (oud and guitar player)
Tuesday 5 September 2017 | 6.30PM
Talk: Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh | Love for written and spoken word and the importance of translation
Saturday 9 September 2017 | 4PM
Poetry slam: Afra Atiq
Wednesday 13 September 2017 | 7PM
Poetry reading: Zeina Hashem Beck | Louder than Hearts
Saturday 16 September 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Philip Kennedy | On the First Arabic Novella from the 11th Century: The Doctors' Dinner Party (on medicine and quacks) by Ibn Butlan
Monday 25 September 2017 | 6.30PM
Talk: Aidan Walker | The Ecology of the Soul
Thursday 28 September 2017 | 6PM
Talk: Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey and David Heard | Years of Transformation (Dr. Frauke Heard-Bey) and From Pearls to Oil (David Heard)
Saturday 30 September 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Tom Fletcher | Naked Diplomacy: Power and Statecraft in the Digital Age
Saturday 7 October 2017 | 4PM
Talk and reading: Mai Khaled | The Magic of Turquoise
Saturday 14 October 2017 | 4PM
Poetry & writing workshop: Dubai Poetics with Farah Chamma
Saturday 21 October 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Karen Henson Jones | Heart of Miracles
Saturday 28 October 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Isobel Abulhoul | For the Love of Words
Saturday 4 November 2017 | 4PM
Talk: Raha Moharrak In Conversation with Sophie Le Ray
Saturday 11 November 2017 | 4 PM
Talk: Sandra Peters | The Handheld Exhibition
Saturday 18 November 2017 | 4PM | Concrete
Saturday 25 November 2017 | 4PM
Fadi Zaghmout | Heaven on Earth (Arabic Sci-Fi book launch)