Lunar Campfires

At the heart of Don’t Settle is the belief that young people are change-makers. Lunar Campfires is a space for young people of colour to shape how we discuss race and representation in the 21st century. This is especially because white privilege is embedded in heritage, how we discuss history today, and affects the stories we tell.

Lunar Campfires is inspired by how Lunar Society meetings directly and indirectly changed Birmingham, and by extension, the world. Whilst the original Lunar Society was comprised exclusively of industrialists and intellectuals who met monthly at Soho House, Lunar Campfires is open to all.

Lunar Campfires will tour Birmingham and the Black Country, and there will be four Lunar Campfires every year.

Upcoming Lunar Campfires

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Even when you’re not white, does your skin tone equal privilege?

Join us for a free evening of conversations and activities to explore how our skin colour affects how we navigate and see the world around us.

Last Lunar Campfire, our conversation about language and labels for people of colour led to discussing the construct of being ‘light-skinned’ or ‘dark-skinned’.

This Lunar Campfire takes this topic further to explore the prejudice towards different skin tones, even within our own communities.

So how can we challenge this online and offline?

You can expect:

  • A cathartic discussion about personal identity and colourism around our [hypothetical!] campfire.

  • Four activities spaces to learn, create, reflect, and breathe.

  • Snacks and drinks (so please RSVP!)

  • A quiet space if you want to take a break.

Get Involved


Become a Lunar Campfires Resident

To move towards collaboration and inclusivity in cultural organisations, we need open conversations.

Want to shape these open conversations?

Our Lunar Campfires series will engage the whole community.

We’re looking for young people to help plan, organise and shape this series of events that fuel conversation around issues on race and representation in the heritage sector and the impact this has on our world today.


Past Lunar Campfires

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“I’m Not White, What Do You Call Me?”

We explored why saying you’re not white hits a nerve.

Our Residents took over Soho House to talk about the challenging and liberating ways we use language to examine our identities. It made sense to have our first Lunar Campfires focus on language as the way we communicate affects the stories we tell.

The evening zoomed in on how we use labels to empower and disempower the communities we’re a part of.

We had

- Activities allowing you to anonymously share, respond to art, and talk with others about the impact language has had on you.

- Zine-making.

- A quiet space for those who wanted a break.

- A Round-up, cathartic discussion about personal identity around our [hypothetical!] campfire.