Even as world headlines from the Middle East focus on upheaval and violence, the region's culture continues to thrive. Here's our look at some groups and individuals making their mark on arts and culture in the region, in no particular order.
Hassan Khan, Egypt
Prominent Cairo-based artist Hassan Khan is a multiform talent. His audiovisual artwork and installations (like "Jewel," pictured here) have been on display in international venues. He's composed music for plays, toured with his experimental genre and been called a pioneer in Egypt's underground music world. He has also written widely on art, expression and other topics.
(Photo: Nafas art magazine)