Video: The Edinburgh International Festival in numbers

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

Wednesday, 9th August 2017, 1:15 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:05 pm
Director Fergus Linehan helps launch the programme for the 70th Edinburgh International Festival. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

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

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

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