Oxbelly is the overlap
In the core of Oxbelly’s spirit lies this indispensable link between storytelling and hospitality.
“Oxbelly” – “Voidokoilia” in Greek – is named after one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, located in Messinia, Greece, which is also believed to be the ancient port of Homer’s “sandy Pylos”.
According to Homer’s Odyssey, that is where Ulysses’ son, Telemachus, accompanied by the goddess Athena “in mortal guise”, landed at night seeking an audience with King Nestor of Pylos, in order to ask him about his father’s fate. The Wise King, who was holding a feast on the beach with his sons, gave the strangers his best food and wine, and only after they were fed and rested did he ask them who they were, and what the purpose of their visit was.
That is the first written account of hospitality in the western world, and it is in Homer’s Odyssey, the cradle of western storytelling.
True to the spirit of its namesake, Oxbelly aims to create a safe, inclusive, generous and hospitable community of international storytellers, where professionals from the creative industries can connect, exchange ideas, learn and play, and broaden their artistic horizons.