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Tilda Swinton joined by writer and film maker Mark Cousins with a Flashmob dance in festival square EdinburghLooked like another fine mess at the end of the Edinburgh Film Festival yesterday as Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton, organised and led a hundred-strong Laurel & Hardy flashmob.

To coincide with the launch of her new charity, the 8 1/2 Foundation, the Scottish actress gathered together several hundred people under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle before leading them into a soft-shoe shuffle known as 'At The Ball', originally performed by Laurel and Hardy in their film Way Out West.

Watch Tilda's flash mob in action after the jump... Tilda Swinton joined by writer and film maker Mark Cousins with a Flashmob dance in festival square EdinburghLooked like another fine mess at the end of the Edinburgh Film Festival yesterday as Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton, organised and led a hundred-strong Laurel & Hardy flashmob.

To coincide with the launch of her new charity, the 8 1/2 Foundation, the Scottish actress gathered together several hundred people under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle before leading them into a soft-shoe shuffle known as 'At The Ball', originally performed by Laurel and Hardy in their film Way Out West.

The instructions for all participants - which were released online - were simple: watch the Laurel and Hardy clip, turn up at 11am and start dancing. And the reason for doing it?

"It was just a pure unabashed celebration of doing something as a group and looking like dafties," said Swinton.

Watch Tilda and the Laurel and Hardy flash mob in action below...