Mr. Jürgen Roters, the Mayor of Cologne, welcomed us all in the City Hall, saying it was an honour to have Eurovision Young Musicians for the first time here in Cologne, and he wished all the contestants a pleasant stay, a lot of fun, and to enjoy the event. The host broadcaster, WDR, as well as the EBU, welcomed all the participants, and wished them the best of luck in this competition.
The participants and the delegations enjoyed the reception and the relaxed atmosphere of the event. They enjoyed soft drinks and food in the City Hall, and started interacting with each other instantly.
We also used the opportunity to speak to all the participants of this year's Contest, so you get a chance to meet them a little bit better:
You can also check out our image gallery from last night's Opening Ceremony: