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Jan 4th, 2018

Fitness champions and hip-hoppers from all over the world hit the city of Leiden during the large-scale FISAF International World Fitness & HIP HOP UNITE 2017 Championships from 18 to 21 October, 2017. ECC Leiden and Holiday Inn Leiden were the proud to host this unique event.

Leiden on the map of international championships

So many young dancers on the floor, driven and competitive, that certainly gives a unique atmosphere!We took care of the accommodation establishment, (healthy) catering, food stands, accommodation of the participants, crew and security during this event.

More than 1000 dancers hunting for medals

Hundreds of fitness athletes and more than 1000 dancers competed for the medals during this 4-day edition, a feast for the eyes with so much talent on stage! The competitions took place in the following categories: small team (cadets, juniors, adults and seniors), mega team (12-25 dancers), duos (cadets, juniors and adults) and youth & adult battles.

Hip Hop Unite is one of Europe's largest non-profit dance organizations and has significantly gained popularity over the past few years. Not only in Europe but also from America, Africa and Asia, there are already many followers and spectators of all ages.

Hip Hop Unite stands for unity, respect and have fun. No better way to express this through dance culture? The Netherlands were also represented in more than 20 crews with dancers at top level!

Unique event on black-box location

'Thanks to excellent cooperation with the organization, there was a spectacular multi-day event where we are very proud off', thus Rens Wolters, Banquet Manager ECC & Holiday Inn Leiden. 'It was a challenge to host such an international event. Daily we offered breakfast, lunch and diner for over 400 guests in the hotel, we were up and running 18 hours a day for these shows and the 'after parties' and we had to coach continuous 30 people of staff, a big challenge! But surrounded by so much positive energy, everyone got even more motivation and everything turned like a well-oiled machine. Of course, there was a healthy competition between the participants but the goodwill elements were hudge as well'.

'New to this event were the various food stands that we deleveloped ourselves to provide small refreshments and snacks for participants and visitors. Hundreds of burgers and wraps, thousands of french fires, popcorn, granola bars, they were sold like hot cakes. But of course, a lot of energy was consumed'. This kind of multi-day events and congresses at ECC Leiden are by far Rens his favorites: 'When you see how smooth and effiecient everything revolves, that just gets better as the event progresses. The chemistry between staff and organizer, you know each other's needs and you can respond to needs. The cooperation is growing really to a climax. Good to be part of that process. "

ECC Leiden offers a 2700 m² surface with private entrance, the perfect location for large events! Centrally located in the Netherlands, this ground-floor 'black-box' with loft access to about 2500 people for all kinds of meetings and events. With 400 parking spaces in front of the location, 200 hotel rooms, free Wi-Fi and catering this venue offers one total concept.