Interesting dynamics are at play on the cultural scene in the Arab world. Not only a rapid expansion of the contemporary
art market and a growing interest of international art experts and dealers for the artistic creativity in the Arab region can be observed, but also, more profoundly, the development of an independent cultural sector. In a political context, which remains very difficult in most of the Arab countries, a new generation
of internationally connected cultural players has managed to open independent spaces for contemporary artistic creation throughout the whole region, and to create the first frameworks and tools for cultural leadership and management.
These changes cannot remain without impact on governments’ role and accountability in cultural life; and these cultural actors will start questioning public cultural policies more loudly.