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Kimchi Haggis

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English

Musical ambassadors to China, Kimchi Haggis have inspired children with their truly unique sound! Joe McDonald grew up studying bagpipes and Highland dancing and has a passion for musically reaching out to other cultures. He has toured internationally, and been actively sharing his music with the Vancouver Indian and Chinese communities. Andrew Kim has toured the world with Delhi2dublin, numerous African bands, and studied sitar in India under a master, He was featured on an album by Raffi and has appeared in 3 CBC documentaries. Together they bring joy and inspiration to children with their unique union of musical cultures!


Kimchi Haggis brings a truly amazing and unique presentation of different cultures to their show! Their message of cultural unity is brought forth with an amazing spirit of fun throughout their performance. It is truly amazing how the music of such different cultures blends together so seamlessly. It really shows the limitless potential for artistic creativity! Their playful interaction, both with each other and the children sets a wonderful mood in the room. The audience is mesmerized by the show. They love getting to experience highland dance as well as trying some of the highly unusual instruments. Kimchi Haggis are fantastic, and I would whole heartedly recommend them! Andree Montigny, Teacher, Whistler Waldorf School
Andrew and Joe were able to entertain and capture the attention of our 338 students, Grades k-7. Students were asked to participate throughout the show including the whole school dancing a Highland fling. What a wonderful show! Catherine Ludwig, Principal, Archibald Blair Elementary

Performances & Workshops

Unavailable for 2020-21 School Year

The Scottish Highlands and Beyond

Grade Suitability: K - 12
Duration: 45 - 50 mins.
Capacity: 1,000
Tech Requirements: Two Large Tables, Electricity, 2 chairs
Fee Range: $705 - $905 (Includes ArtStarts' fee. Additional fees apply for remote districts.)

True representatives of cross-cultural collaboration, Kimchi-Haggis combine bagpipes, traditional folk songs and highland dance with modern technology and instruments from other countries (sitar, accordion, African kalimba and homemade Lego theremin). The audience learns highland dance, volunteers experience the instruments, Joe creates a bagpipe from a balloon, and they even throw in some Korean Gangnam Style! Passionately describing their musical journeys, they show that musical dreams can be realized through hard work and belief in oneself.

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