Sixteen of the 27 member countries of the Pacific Community have confirmed their participation in the 10th Pacific Arts Festival just six months away.
The festival will feature Pacific arts and culture.
The Festival Board executive director hopes the remaining eleven member countries will notify him soon about whether they will participate in the event.
Lauti Simona says organisers are currently stepping up the marketing of the festival and are raising funds.
"We are still going all over the place to look for that. We are looking at some of the corporations and other private donors to help us out."
Lauti Simona says he'll leave tomorrow to the US west coast to raise funds for the festival from Samoan communities there.