Performers rehearse 'Speed of Light' performance which will open 66th Edinburgh International Festival
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The 66th Edinburgh International Festival begins

While the Olympic Games have brought London into the limelight for the past few weeks and months, Thursday will see Edinburgh play host to its own world-famous event.

The Edinburgh International Festival is expected to attract more than 3,000 artists from 47 different countries, along with 12,000 spectators.

Organisers are hoping the opening ceremony will be a sight to remember.

James Cook reports.

Macbeth footage courtesy TR Warszawa

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