Edinburgh Fringe begins
3 August 2012 Last updated at 14:46 BST
The world's largest arts festival is set to get underway.
The Edinburgh Fringe will have 2,695 shows staged across the city in 279 different venues including the recently refurbished Assembly Rooms.
Organisers have said they are confident the London Olympics will not detract from the world's biggest arts festival.
BBC Scotland's arts correspondent Pauline McLean reports.