Debra Knight the CEO of NINE RED Presents (NRP)… (CIC) started a social enterprise in 2001, following being a victim of domestic violence and rape. Debra, suffering severe social phobia, depression and anxiety was unable to work outside of the house; used spoken word, dance and digital art to work through the issues that she was left with.
As her performances and art gained popularity, Debra was approached by others who wished for her help in using art as a means to cope and heal. In this way the philosophy behind NINE RED Presents… (CIC) was conceived. Looking back, Debra has stated that Nine Red began with a simple statement; having heard about the abuse Debra had endured she was asked, “What do you do after something like that happens?” She smiled, laughed and said “Get a job in a casino!”
It was there that Nine Red Presents…(CIC) was born, in August 2003 after the DJ Silk and Poet Debra had a jamming session and decided to collaborate on creating an art form that fused a DJ mix with Spoken Word. This resulted in NRP’s first theatre performance “Earth Rise” in 2006 that blended cultures and art forms to create unique cultural fusions, consisting of art forms and artists from across the globe. It is from this initial collaboration that NRP’s ‘Diverse Britain Project’ was developed. Twelve years since its birth, Nine Red has many accomplishments and is currently running 6 multi-tiered community projects. Our amazing company won the ‘Luton and Bedfordshire’s Community Arts Award 2012.’ In addition to ‘Luton and Bedfordshire’s Community Winner of the Winners Award 2012’.
In January 2013 Nine Red won an award from The High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Jack Sapsworth MBE, in recognition of great and valuable services in the community; specifically for our commitment to run a community art and culture festival on Leagrave common. More recently Debra has been awarded Luton’s Best “Most Outstanding Citizen for 2014”