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

9 August 2012 Last updated at 13:53 BST

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