Video: The Edinburgh International Festival in numbers

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By now, we all know that the Edinburgh International Festival is celebrating its 70th year, with the inaugural event taking place in 1947.

But fast-forward to 2017 and things have changed a lot.

Director Fergus Linehan helps launch the programme for the 70th Edinburgh International Festival. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Director Fergus Linehan helps launch the programme for the 70th Edinburgh International Festival. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

There are more performers than ever, countless countries represented and several venues involved in the festival, which lasts for most of the month of August.

We’ve taken a look at the key numbers and important figures from the world’s biggest art event - some you might be aware of but others that may come as a surprise to you.

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