Casco Viejo, Panama
Mondays. We’re dream-weaving about Panama’s International Film Festival (happening this very week). To celebrate, we’re sketching out handmade maps of our favorite haunts in Casco Viejo. It looks like we’re not the only ones. 

Casco Viejo, Panama

Mondays. We’re dream-weaving about Panama’s International Film Festival (happening this very week). To celebrate, we’re sketching out handmade maps of our favorite haunts in Casco Viejo. It looks like we’re not the only ones


Casco Viejo, Panama
The artful weaving of a toquilla palm creates what’s known the world over as a lightweight summer classic – the Panama hat. But calling it an Ecuador hat is slightly more accurate since the hats were all originally woven in Ecuador. Like many other South American goods they shipped first to Panama and then all over the world.

Casco Viejo, Panama

The artful weaving of a toquilla palm creates what’s known the world over as a lightweight summer classic – the Panama hat. But calling it an Ecuador hat is slightly more accurate since the hats were all originally woven in Ecuador. Like many other South American goods they shipped first to Panama and then all over the world.


Casco Viejo, Panama
Panama City’s sixth annual MACROFEST — a grand, multidisciplinary celebration of contemporary culture held in the city’s historical district — is now in full swing in Casco Viejo.
We’re happy to be lending a hand with this year’s festival, whose core initiative engages young artists locally and around the world. We’ll be exhibiting Panamanian artists Jonathan Harker & Donna Conlon's video piece Domino Effect — a portrait of present day Casco Antiguo, in which the camera tracks a succession of antique colonial era bricks in a chain reaction through the neighborhood’s streets. The piece will be projected tonight at 7pm across the surface of the Iglesia La Merced in front of American Trade Hotel.
We are also hosting a photo exhibition through March 15 with Chilean street style photographer Majo Arévalo, whose Viste La Calle blog keeps pulse with the inspired looks of modern South America.

Casco Viejo, Panama

Panama City’s sixth annual MACROFEST — a grand, multidisciplinary celebration of contemporary culture held in the city’s historical district — is now in full swing in Casco Viejo.

We’re happy to be lending a hand with this year’s festival, whose core initiative engages young artists locally and around the world. We’ll be exhibiting Panamanian artists Jonathan Harker & Donna Conlon's video piece Domino Effect — a portrait of present day Casco Antiguo, in which the camera tracks a succession of antique colonial era bricks in a chain reaction through the neighborhood’s streets. The piece will be projected tonight at 7pm across the surface of the Iglesia La Merced in front of American Trade Hotel.

We are also hosting a photo exhibition through March 15 with Chilean street style photographer Majo Arévalo, whose Viste La Calle blog keeps pulse with the inspired looks of modern South America.


Casco Viejo, Panama
Blueprint of American Trade Hotel by Miky Fabrega.

Casco Viejo, Panama

Blueprint of American Trade Hotel by Miky Fabrega.


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Casco Viejo, Panama City

Panamanian Jazz pianist Danilo Perez has made a name for himself not only an internationally acclaimed artist, but also a humanitarian figure. With a deep belief in the power of music as a tool for social change, he founded the Danilo Perez Foundation in 2005 — focusing on the social and creative growth of young children and teenagers in Panama City through the development of musical education.

To help animate the burgeoning nightlife of Casco Viejo we’ve joined hands with Danilo to establish Danilo’s Jazz Club at American Trade Hotel — as he says “one amazing room for creating music.”

This one day new beautiful club provides an opportunity for creative development and international exchange at this very intimate level with students from Panama and all of Latin America and beyond — to create new music, bringing old and new, near, far together. We’re honored to celebrate its official opening tonight with two special performances, including one with Danilo himself presenting music from his latest album — Panama 500 — backed by players from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. 

Photo by Lauren Coleman.


Panama City, Panama
An isthmus. A narrow strip connecting two bigger land masses. A crossroads. An apex. From above it’s like two people holding hands. Tightly so it all stays together. As clouds move past and the different oceans greet us daily on the shore.

Panama City, Panama

An isthmus. A narrow strip connecting two bigger land masses.
A crossroads. An apex. From above it’s like two people holding hands. Tightly so it all stays together. As clouds move past and the different oceans greet us daily on the shore.


Casco Viejo, Panama
Entry to the Danilo Perez Jazz Club at the American Trade Hotel.

Casco Viejo, Panama

Entry to the Danilo Perez Jazz Club at the American Trade Hotel.


"Do not fear mistakes, there are none."
-Miles Davis.

This week we’ll be at the Panama International Jazz Festival letting music wash the dust from our souls. This year’s festival is presented by artistic director Danilo Perez, whose 50-seat jazz club opens in the hotel next month. This week is an exciting preview of what’s to come.


Panama City, Panama
The Dining Room opens its doors today at American Trade Hotel, where Chef Clara Icaza is on hand with her famous grilled octopus and other local, seasonal fare. To make a reservation call 507-211-2200 or visit americantradehotel.com. ¡Salud!

Panama City, Panama

The Dining Room opens its doors today at American Trade Hotel, where Chef Clara Icaza is on hand with her famous grilled octopus and other local, seasonal fare. To make a reservation call 507-211-2200 or visit americantradehotel.com. ¡Salud!


Gustavo Araujo (1965-2008)This influential Panamanian artist’s lifework is on view through Dec 29 in Panama city.

Gustavo Araujo (1965-2008)
This influential Panamanian artist’s lifework is on view through Dec 29 in Panama city.


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