For many students, the ceremony was also their very first introduction to the harbor city, as lengthy lines of luggage-carrying students could be seen standing at the entrance. In addition to the usual speeches, there were performances by the Erasmus Dance Society, the Erasmus Music Collective and a stuntman rolling around in a big ring. And Bert Wijbenga, deputy mayor of Rotterdam, seized the opportunity to continue lobbying to bring the Eurovision Song Contest to Ahoy: “What a beautiful place it is. Don’t you think it’s perfect for Eurovision?”

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