Afghanistan is not the place you think of for emerging artists and activist culture. Yet few countries in the world are more ripe for an artistic scene. Just sit for a few hours over coffee at The Venue, a coffeeshop turned artist refuge, surrounded by the work of artists like Shamsia and Kabir, and you can literally feel the pulse of an artistic heartbeat. Just in side the entrance is the artist statement spray painted on the steel doors. Our table had members of the Afghan metal band, District Unknown, visiting Swiss artists, graffiti artist, Shamsia, and an inspiring ex-pat that is supporting the vision of creating more space for Afghan voice.