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Music, art kick-starts street fest
Festival organisers Paul Fletcher and Nikki Graski. Picture: Simon Santi/The West Australian

The Beaufort Street Festival is still five days away, but the trendy shopping and entertainment strip will come alive from tonight with the launch of a pop-up outdoor bar.

Running every night until Saturday, the James Squire Festival Bar will feature live music, art installations and host the launch of a new cookbook featuring recipes from Mt Lawley identities.

Beaufort Street Festival director Paul Fletcher, who is running the event for the first time with business partner Aaron Rutter, said the bar aimed to bring people to the area for the entire week.

"There will be a marquee, DJs and performances, live art battles, illuminated furniture and art projects," he said.

"It's all about activating the street and it will look pretty amazing at night time. We think patrons will be excited by the layout and aesthetics."

Now in its third year, the festival will feature live music, a food and wine micro-festival, a "cardboard city" children's activity centre and a vintage market behind the Queens Hotel. Beaufort Street will be closed from Walcott Street to Queens Crescent.

The bar is launched tonight with DJ Rex Monsoon and live art battles. A $5 entry fee goes towards running the festival.

The festival runs from noon to 9pm on Saturday and is expected to draw up to 100,000 people.