Solomon Islands representatives at the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts in American Samoa say they have already begun preparations to host the 11th festival in 2012.

The head of the Solomons delegation, Robert Au, has told the Council of Pacific Arts, which oversees preparations for the Festival, that Solomon Islands has set itself a firm schedule for completing all arrangements by the time the event is held.

Radio New Zealand International quotes Mr. Au as stating that while the Council is happy with Solomon Islands timeline, funding will be a major challenge.

However, Mr. Au is quoted as voicing confidence that the organisers will secure the necessary finance.

Mr. Au told Radio New Zealand International that their main sponsor is the government, which has committed its support