Performers at the Tattoo
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Can Edinburgh's festivals compete with the Olympics?

7 August 2012 Last updated at 11:44 BST

The Olympics have been dominating our TV screens but are they impacting on other forms of summer entertainment?

Edinburgh's festivals regard themselves as the unofficial cultural festivities but how will they fare in the face of competition from the real thing.

Advance ticket sales for some events like the Edinburgh Tattoo are down.

BBC Scotland's arts correspondent Pauline McLean reports.