BRIGHTON FESTIVAL chief executive Andrew Comben claims there were more chances for people to get involved in the festivities this year than at any other point in its 52 year history.

Mr Comben pointed to events like David Shrigley’s Life Model II as evidence of the options available to festival audiences.

“There were more opportunities than ever for everyone to participate,” he said, “from the many hundreds of visitors who took part in the offbeat life drawing class Life Model II to the 200 residents who joined over 60s dance company Three Score Dance to create Pina Basuch’s promenade on the seafront, The Nelken Line.”

The Chief Executive also highlighted shows such as The Arms Of Sleep, an overnight experience at Firle Riding School, and dance performance Attractor in which crowd members were invited onto the stage to join in.

Mr Comben also said that David Shrigley had been the festival’s most “active and engaged” guest director yet.

“The city embraced its first resident in the role and he has proved that he is equally as committed to to his adopted local community as the wonderful, wild and often funny work we presented.”