An extra 13,000 visitors will pile into the already bustling city's streets from today for the start of the Edinburgh International Festival.

For just over the next three weeks, visitors and locals will be treated to theatre, opera, classical music and dance.

Festival Director Jonathon Mills will be enjoying his final year at the helm, after eight successful years.

He's been telling Forth News he hopes the event continues to evolve.

Jonathon said: "I very much hope that the festival changes.

"A festival that stays the same is no festival.

"A festival is an entity to delight us all; to surprise us all.

"Tonight we kick off in grand style with our opening concert.

"We've got lots of highlights - a very interesting collaboration between Mark Baldwin, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Ella Spira, and dancers from South Africa.

"We also have the opening of our most ambitious programme - The James Plays."