The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra opens the show from the garden of Schönbrunn Palace. Viewers from Georgia to Iceland, Norway to Australia head out to a cinematic journey through the most beautiful cities and landscapes in Austria to the Wiener Stadthalle, to see the star-violinist Lidia Baich with a snippet from the very first Austrian Eurovision Song Contest winning song Merci Cherie.
Immediately afterwards, Conchita Wurst will perform with the Vienna Boys' Choir, the multinational Suparar Choir and the Austrian rapper Left Boy the official "Building Bridges" anthem. They are accompanied by the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra. In total, more than 200 artists are a part of the opening act.