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It may be a monument to the achievements of the labour movement, but Trades Hall is not all work and no play. While, public forums and benefit evenings exercise the political animal within, there’s also an artistic, lighthearted side. The labyrinthine interior houses a number of different venues which have hosted everything from film screenings and fringe theatre to comedy and burlesque cabaret. And one can only imagine the stories the historic Trades Hall bar could tell. During daylight hours, there’s the New International Bookshop and Café which specialises in literature with a radical or progressive slant.