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Losberger tents for the world’s newest capital city


It was a great moment. On 9 July 2011, what was once Africa’s largest country split into two. With the Independence Day festivities, South Sudan was declared Africa’s 54th country. For this state occasion, Losberger set up a landscape of more than 3,000 square metres of tents right in Juba, the world’s newest capital city. Only consistent time management and selected partners made it possible to finish the project in just a few weeks — complete with decoration, multimedia, lighting, furniture, air conditioning systems, stages and kitchen areas.


Confidence and hope                                                                  

After years of civil war, the people of South Sudan are filled with confidence and hope. In a referendum in January of this year, the people expressed their will to be independent from North Sudan. Ministries and expert committees prepared this ceremonial state occasion for the 9th of July. Still, there were few asphalt roads, hotels and large reception buildings in Juba. For reception of high-ranking national and international guests from politics and business, the ministry therefore decided upon a temporary mobile tent solution and contracted with a company in event and hospitality management to handle all the necessary preparations.


To the point

This company had very little time, because the green light for the project came exactly six weeks before Independence Day. The Ethiopian project manager brought together a wide range of companies to provide the guests of the new South Sudanese government with an impressive temporary “event building”.


Losberger was the supplier that erected the whole tent facility of about 3,000 square metres, including decoration and multimedia together with experienced suppliers. The centre of the event was a 30 m wide, 65 m long Losberger maxiflex tent. A canopy was achieved using a five-metre recessed gable element, which provided guests with an extensively covered shady spot before the actual entrance area. A row of 5-by-5 m pagodas expanded the reception lobby. At the end of the gable, a 9 m long tent walkway led to a 11 x 15 m uniflex model tent, a separate, stylishly furnished area that served as the VIP lounge during the event. It hosted guests such as former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, among others.


Because of the array of high-ranking international VIPs, the government wanted to give the occasion an exclusive look. Therefore, appropriate premium equipment was chosen for the fully air-conditioned tent.

But very changeable weather had been predicted — with sun, rain and wind — and that was not to have any effect on the celebrations. Losberger met these requirements with premium appointments, such as doors, solid walls made of plastic or glass, and a Losberger cassette floor system throughout.


The catering was partially prepared fresh in prefab kitchens and served. Pagodas perfectly compensated for the height difference between the main tent and the prefab kitchens and created additional space for service personnel and serving areas.

For the stage, the organizer chose a Losberger podium. This riser and a large screen allowed the guests to follow the speakers’ official program items and their Independence Day presentations comfortably.


The textile event decorations, air-conditioning systems, kitchen units and light and sound technology were closely coordinated with other suppliers to meet the event’s requirements. This was the only way to guarantee the smooth, fast execution that distinguishes Losberger on all assignments.


Barely two weeks before 9 July, the Losberger tent material was loaded into 11 containers together with 2,500 square metres of event decorations, lighting technology and multimedia equipment.

In today’s largest cargo plane — a Russian Antonov — the material was transported from Belgium to Ethiopia and overland to Juba. There the containers arrived seven days too late. This was a special challenge for Losberger’s international team of set-up supervisors from Germany and South Africa, the interior decorators from HMS and the electricians from the Flux company. They had to scuttle the plan and set up the complete structure in just two and a half days.

On Friday, 8 July, the last piece of interior decor was hung, so that the other suppliers could complete the project according to plan. The president of the new country was visibly enthusiastic and, with his guests, celebrated the birth of his new nation in exactly the ambience he had hoped for.