"Palembang will be one of the four cities in the world to host the festival this year," spokesman of the event`s organizing committee Encik Ahmad Rizian bin Abd Gani of Malaysia said here on Thursday.
The other cities are London, Paris and Geneva.
Among the four cities, Palembang will be the first to host the festival this year, he said.
He said the selection of Palembang as the host of the event is because Malaysia and Indonesia have many things in common.
In addition, South Sumatra will also host Islamic Solidarity Games which will coincide with the festival, he said.
South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin said after receiving members of the event`s organizing committee that the provincial government will fully support the festival to make it a success.
(Reporting by Ujang Idrus/Uu.S012/H-YH)