Envisioned and organized by professor Romulus Vuia under the coordination of “King Ferdinand I” University, during the refuge in Sibiu for the period of the Second Vienna Award, the “Ardeleana” Group was not only an university organization that occasioned pleasant moments for the students, but also a powerful instrument for education and discipline. The meetings that appeared to be for entertainment, had, in fact, higher purposes: to preserve the old Romanian customs, songs, dances and costumes, to strengthen the national identity by preserving the ethnic specificity. Professor Vuia, a visionary teacher and tireless organizer, while intensively promoting the action of preserving the traditions and the traditional costume, of improving the sense of ethnic appurtenance, considered that it was absolutely necessary to combine education and entertainment in teaching the discipline, in implementing the idea of team work, as well as of tolerance. It was a demonstration of how passion can prevail over difficult times and limited resources.
Keywords: Romulus Vuia, “Ardeleana” Group, “King Ferdinand I” University, the refuge, Sibiu, traditions, traditional costume.
Cuvinte-cheie: Romulus Vuia, Gruparea „Ardeleana”, Universitatea „Regele Ferdinand I”, refugiu, Sibiu, tradiţii, port popular.