Line-up announced for the 52nd Brighton Festival

It's that time of year again - when the world's best dancers, musicians and poets prepare to grace the stages of Brighton in the biggest arts festival in England.

Yesterday, the programme for the 52nd Brighton Festival was launched by its guest director David Shrigley.

He's a modern artist and sculptor, who's artwork is on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

David Shrigley is best known for his distinctive drawing style that make satirical comments on the absurdity of 21st-century society.

Shrigley's sculpture is displayed in Trafalgar Square, London Credit: ITV

Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is an annual celebration of the arts, taking place in a variety of venues across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May.

This year, it takes place between 5th - 27th May.

The festival is often associated with unique venues in the area Credit: Brighton Festival

Since 2009, the festival has welcomed a host of creative directors, including British sculptor Anish Kapoor, musician Brian Eno, and Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi...

But as Andy Dickenson reports, David Shrigley's a local boy too!

Click here for more information on the Brighton Festival 2018