The Urban Dance Organisation (UDO) World Street Dance Championships, an event which started in Blackpool in 2005 is leaving the town.
The championships have attracted thousands of street dance enthusiasts to Blackpool over the August bank holiday weekend.
Alongside the championship the UDO also ran sell-out shows in the Opera House and featured some of the UK’s top music and dance acts – with Blackpool Council estimating the event brings in over £4 million a year in tourism to the resort.
Simon Dibley, UDO chief executive said: “We are sad to be leaving Blackpool, it’s been our home for seven years and it’s where the UDO World Championships started.
“I would like to thank the North West Development Agency, Blackpool Council and the Winter Gardens whose support in the early years helped build this competition to become world renowned.”
The competition gave acts such as George Sampson, Twist & Pulse, Chris & Wes, Flawless and Diversity an early platform to showcase their talents.
“But the UDO promises to go out on a massive high,” said Simon. “This year’s championship in August will be even bigger with a huge increase in overseas visitors. We anticipate the event to attract over 5,000 visitors to Blackpool. It’s just a shame that the council support could not be continued, as the plans we have for the event would have seen these numbers double over the next three years.”
Blackpool’s loss is Glasgow’s gain with the city hosting the UDO World Championships, the UDO Live shows and UDO’s latest project, which will create and develop the largest indoor urban event, taking place all on the same weekend.