Actors pose by a sign for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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Edinburgh Festival Fringe gets underway

2 August 2013 Last updated at 17:14 BST

The largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has got underway.

The 2013 Fringe programme features 45,464 performances of 2,871 shows in a total of 273 venues across the city.

The Fringe is completely open-access and the performances are a mixture of theatre, comedy, music, dance and children's entertainment. Many performers use the Fringe as a place to launch new material.

BBC Scotland Arts Correspondent Pauline McLean reports.