In 2013, Kilkenny was voted by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine as the 9th friendliest city in the world. It is a medieval destination city of 24,000 people, acclaimed internationally as a centre for the arts and for craft and design. Each year Kilkenny hosts a number of international festivals, among them the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Rhythm and Roots, Savour Kilkenny, Kilkenomics and now, SUBTITLE.
Kilkenny is small and compact enough to explore on foot and boasts many beautifully restored buildings and charming walks while Kilkenny Castle, built by the Normans in the 12th century, proudly overlooks the city.
It is an ideal location for SUBTITLE as venues and accommodation are within easy walking distance of each other; as such it is perfectly set up for an event of this kind. The success of similar niche festivals proves Kilkenny’s credentials as a gateway to the South East; while its proximity to Ireland’s capital (75 minutes from Dublin) allows day-trippers / overnighters to come to the festival and sample its unique atmosphere.