What’s DiabloRosso all about?, we hear you ask, as well you may, because at first look it’s quite a disparate affair. Three distinct and seemingly unrelated spaces make up this place in Panama City – itself a location that doesn’t show up on our radar a lot – but it certainly piqued our interest.
In fact DiabloRosso is a think tank from which all sorts of creative shots are fired by the youthful artisan collective who are based here. The first room, if we can call it thus, is a higgledy-piggledy collection of clothes, objects and oddments making up DiabloRosso’s shop, and the apparent lack of rhyme or reason gives it a curiously appealing quality.
Next up is the café, which continues the colourful unorthodoxy in fine fashion – get a load of the Coke crates hiding away but supporting the wall seating in stark contrast to the ornate ironwork of the chairs. Just don’t turn up there hungry on Tuesdays, because on that particular day it’s an indie cinema. Finally there’s a gallery space dedicated to displaying the works of local and international artists, screenings, lectures, performances and community based art projects.
So much goes on at DiabloRosso, in the city’s Casco Viejo old quarter, that it’s hard to focus on one aspect, but visitors should take a close look at this multi-faceted charmer. The devil is in the detail, and he’s smiling.